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Volume 125, Number 36

Thursday, September 6, 2012

14 Pages, 70 Cents Plus Tax Per Copy

Hugoton’s Safe Routes to School receives $250,000 KDOT grant Hugoton City Clerk Tom Hicks received the welcome news that Hugoton’s Safe Routes to School has been selected for funding and will be included as part of the KDOT program. Hugoton has been awarded the maximum funding amount of $250,000. Hicks commented the contract still has to be signed before any work starts. The Safe Routes to School will provide sidewalks as much as the money allows. The proposed route starts on the west side of Jackson from Sixth Street to Eleventh

Street; the north side of Sixth Street from Polk to Jackson; the north side of Fifth Street from Monroe Street to Jayhawk Street; the west side of Jefferson from Sixth to Eleventh Street; the west side of Madison from Second to Fifth Street; the north side of Second Street from Madison to Adams Street; the east side of Adams from Second Street to the Heritage Academy; and the east side of Main Street from First to Second Street. Congratulations to everyone that worked hard to make this happen for our community!

Hugoton City Council votes to rezone Stevens County Industrial Park Hugoton City Council convened for a special meeting August 30, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. Present at the meeting were Hugoton Mayor Jack Rowden, City Clerk Thomas G. Hicks and City Councilmen Mike Eshbaugh, Kim Harper and Gary Baughman. Also attending were Neal Gillespie, City Inspector Tony Martin and Hermes reporter Ruthie Winget. Councilmen Greg Gill and Bob Mason were absent. The council passed the

motion unanimously to change the zoning on the remaining lots of the Stevens County Industrial Park east of Hugoton from Agriculture to Industrial. This will be listed in the Hugoton Hermes as Ordinance 792. They also passed a motion to approve Ordinance 793 which rezones the lot on which Richard Claggett is building his house from Commercial to Residential. The meeting adjourned.

Aubrey Hamlin, Kolten Decker and Erendida Lopez paint their names on the senior sign. Each year seniors gather at the senior sign lo-

Kids are running to jump in the Bounce House. Children came from all around to participate in the free carnival held at the

First Christian Church at Hugoton. The weather allowed everyone to enjoy the evening outside.

September is ‘Emergency Preparedness Month’ Each September, emergency management agencies across the United States observe the month as “Emergency Preparedness Month” to highlight the need for everyone to be prepared for natural and man-made disasters of all kinds.

cated behind the football bleachers to add their names marking the beginning of senior year for them. More pictures can be seen on page 5.

Governor Sam Brownback will hold a news conference Friday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m., to sign a proclamation designating September as “Emergency Preparedness Month in Kansas.” As part of the month-long observance, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management is sponsoring an “Emergency Preparedness Day” Monday, September 10, at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. “The unpredictability of Kansas weather is a reminder of just how important it is to be prepared,” said Brownback. “This year, we have seen multiple tornadoes and severe storms, extreme temperatures and drought conditions resulting in several wildfires,” said Brownback. “Yet, it was only last year we had flooding problems. With winter just a few months away, we have the possibility of many more challenges.” “These are only a few of

the possible disasters we face in Kansas,” said Brownback, “so making sure you are prepared for them is essential. Take time this month to think about what you would do if a disaster struck your community. It’s up to each of us to do our part to be prepared.” “Our state’s first responders do a heroic job, but they can’t be everywhere at once,” said Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “That’s why it’s important to have a home emergency kit and a plan that allows you, your family, or your business to cope with a disaster until help arrives.” Home emergency kits should include a gallon of water for every person per day, nonperishable foods, flashlights and batteries, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, medicines, an alternate heat source, blankets and other neces-

Drought conditions make landscape vulnerable to wildfires The Kansas Wildland Fire Prevention and Education Team is urging citizens to adhere to local burning restrictions and take precaution when using equipment that can create a spark. The Team is a national multi-agency group of wildfire prevention specialists established to raise awareness of the severe threat of wildfire the state is experiencing due to the drought conditions. “Kansas is experiencing a unique and extreme level of wildfire activity this year compared to previous years,” said Tim Phelps, Public Information Officer with the Team. “Extreme caution and conservative

judgment should be used when conducting any outdoor burn where restrictions are not currently in place or using equipment that can cause a spark like brush mowers and hay balers.” Drought conditions are making the landscape particularly vulnerable to the ignition and spread of fire. Since March, Kansas Forest Service officials have estimated that more than 41,000 acres have burned across the state, making it one of the worst years for wildfire on record. Last week alone there were seven fires resulting in over 8,000 acres burned. These fires are burning

hotter and are more difficult to control making suppression by firefighters more dangerous. Making matters worse is the fact that these wildfires are resulting in greater property loss than in previous years. According to the Kansas Forest Service, there were 26 structures lost due to wildfire so far this summer. Compare that to the fact that no structures were reported lost over the past seven summers, and the severity of the situation really comes to light. In addition to structural losses, burned hay fields can now be considered property losses since the likelihood

of regrowth is low due to extreme drought conditions. Many counties across the state have burn bans in place or are not issuing burn permits because of these extreme conditions. As always, citizens should check for local restrictions or burn ordinances issued by county or municipal governments prior to conducting any outdoor burning. Where restrictions are not in place, the Council is recommending that citizens delay any outdoor burning until their area receives a significant amount of rainfall. Field equipment, such as brush mowers and hay

balers, should be equipped with fire extinguishers in case the equipment strikes a surface that could cause a spark and ignite the dry vegetation. According to the National Weather Service, much of Kansas is currently experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions. Relief does not appear to be coming anytime soon as there is very little chance of precipitation forecast into next week. Even a slight chance of a rain shower will do little to ease the drought or reduce the threat of wildfire.

sities to sustain a family for a minimum of three Information on days. building a home emergency kit can be found on line at http://www. ageID=3&Tab=3, http:// www.r e d c r o s s .o r g / p r e pare/location/home-fam ily and at http://www. ready. gov/build-a-kit During the September 10 Kansas Preparedness Day event at the State Fair in Hutchinson, numerous state and local agencies, along with community emergency response organizations, will be providing disaster preparedness and public safety information, as well as displaying emergency response equipment. There will also be drawings for door prizes. Agencies and organizations participating in the event include the Adjutant General’s Department/ Kansas Division of Emergency Management/ Kansas National Guard, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Citizen Corps, Civil Air Patrol, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Fire Marshall, American Red Cross, Kansas Highway Patrol, Hutchinson Fire Department, Hutchinson Police Department, Community Emergency Response Team, Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association, Reno County Emergency Management, Reno County Sheriff’s Department, Kansas Department of Transportation, National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. September 10 is Dillon’s Dollar Day at the Fair; admission is one dollar or free with a Dillon’s card.

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WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ Pioneer Manor residents play Bingo at 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Community members are invited to volunteer or play a game with the residents! Enroll at Hugoton Learning Academy today! Call 620428-6374 or visit 529 S. Main in Hugoton for more information. English classes for adults available. Sign up for SCCC/ATS latestart online classes for the fall 2012 semester at Call 800-3739951 or visit or find them on Facebook for more information. AL-ANON Family Group meets at 1405 Cemetery Road Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Call 620544-2610 or 620-544-2854 for more information. *** Enrollment began August 20 at Rolla Community Learning Center, 9:00 a.m. Enrollment is accepted all year long. For more information, visit 204 Van Buren in Rolla or call 620-492-1788.*** August 28 - October 14 - Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma will host “New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Orange Peel.” It will feature winners from the National Quilt Museum’s international

contest. Twenty other Kansas quilts will also be exhibited. The museum is located at 111 N. Aztec in Montezuma. They are closed Mondays. Please call 620-846-2527 for more information. September 6 - Band and Sing A Long at Pioneer Manor at 10:00 a.m. Community members are encouraged to come participate or just enjoy some great music! - Southwest Kansas Chapter of Sons of Thunder will meet at the Grant County Civic Center, 1000 Patterson Avenue in Ulysses, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Men ages 12 and up are invited. For more information, call Monty at 620-353-9507 or Cary at 620-353-9601. Subsequent meetings will take place the first Thursday of each month. September 6-8 - Seventeenth Annual S.P.I.R.I.T. Conference at MidAmerica Air Museum in Liberal. State and Federal transportation updates, panel discussions, speakers and open discussions will be featured. In addition, there will be a free air show September 8. September 7 - Coffee with the Community at Pioneer Manor at 9:00 a.m. - Stevens County Farm Bureau Association Open House

from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Stevens County Farm Bureau Association’s 2012 County Annual Meeting at 1:00 p.m., 613 S. Main in Hugoton. - Golden Senior Olympics in Guymon, Ok. Hugoton’s Pioneer Manor residents will participate. September 7-16 - One Hundredth Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. For more information, visit September 8 - Sew All Day at the Hugoton Senior Center. September 9 - Pastor Ben Coats of the Hugoton Assembly of God will speak at Pioneer Manor at 3:00 p.m. September 10 - Hugoton City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the Council Room at the City Office, 631 S. Main. September 10-14 - Hugoton High School’s National Honor Society chapter will be gathering food for their annual food drive. Contact the high school for more information: 620-544-4311. September 11 - Hugoton Senior Center Board meeting at 9:30 a.m. - Stevens County Economic Development will meet at the Senior Center, 624 S. Main, at

12:00 noon. - Pioneer Manor Support Group will meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Pioneer Manor, 1701 S. Main in Hugoton. September 12 - Ice cream social at Pioneer Manor, 1711 S. Main, at 3:00 p.m. September 13 - Band and Sing A Long at Pioneer Manor at 10:00 a.m. Community members are encouraged to come participate or just enjoy some great music! - Pioneer Manor Support Group will meet at 5:15 p.m. in the Chapel at Pioneer Manor, 1711 S. Main in Hugoton. - Hugoton Aglow will meet at 7:00 p.m. for coffee and fellowship, with the meeting following at 7:30 p.m. at the Hugoton Senior Center, 624 S. Main. September 14 - Coffee with the Community at Pioneer Manor at 9:00 a.m. - Deadline for “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” poster contest, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation. For more information, visit and click on the “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” logo. - Hugoton High School Fall Homecoming.

Obituaries Gerald “Jerry” Mills Lifelong Stevens County resident Gerald “Jerry” Wayne Mills passed from this life Friday, August 24, 2012 in Wichita. He was 82.

The son of Oliver Wayne Mills and Daisy Bryan Wilcox Delay Mills, he was born September 1, 1929 in Liberal. Jerry loved his family and enjoyed fixing up old cars. Survivors include his daughter Tanya Anderson and husband Steve of Hugoton; two sons, Jeff Mills and wife Brenda and Jamie Mills and wife Stacie all of Hugoton; his brother Doug Mills and wife Rita of Hugoton; two sisters, Joan Popejoy and

Bonnie Davis

Stevens County Commissioners hear old and new Pioneer Manor issues The Board of Stevens County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday morning, September 4, 2012 with all members, David Bozone, Gary Baker and James Bell present. Also present were County Counselor Bob Johnson, County Clerk Pam Bensel and RoGlenda Coulter from The Hugoton Hermes. The following is just an agenda for the day with a few of the unofficial highlights. Official minutes will be published at a later date. When this reporter arrived the commissioners had already discussed the bills presented them and heard from JC Cantrell from Road and Bridge. Loren with Nextech had already been in about updating the computers. He will be back in a couple of weeks. Debbie Nordling and Jody Wacker came in to talk to the commissioners about the possibility of creating Economic Development and Chamber brochures for Stevens County. They showed brochures from Ulysses and Liberal. Gary commented that other places hand out such brochures when he attends meetings. Dave said Hugoton is a fast growing community. He complemented The Hermes Community Guide and said he didn’t realize what a large number of businesses are in the area. Debbie said their brochures will not be like that, they will include a lot of history and information about the library, museum and other enticing entities Stevens County has to draw people and businesses to the area. Gary said that when attending a Kansas Sampler event he was disappointed in Stevens County’s representation. Dave complemented the groundbreaking event Hugoton put together recently. Debbie said it was a large undertaking of a few different people that came together just in time. Dave said that the EcoDevo, Chamber and Tourism Boards all have their own funds for such things as the brochures. He went on to say that the commissioners are interested in seeing more numbers for the project and to come back in. Next on the agenda was Ashley Fiss to discuss the Health Department / Physi-

cal Therapy / EMS Building project. Ashley was joined by Tony McBride. They presented the drawn out plans for each of the three different projects. They explained the many different details and costs for the demolition and rebuilding. They also talked about the need for a specialist to line up the planned parking lot for drainage purposes seeing that Polk Street already is known for poor drainage. They would like to hire a civil engineer or a surveyor. The commissioners expressed that that would be city problems but Tony said their concern is just to get the water out of the parking lot. It would have to be exactly accurate on elevations. The commissioners agreed to let Tony and Ashley handle the situation as needed to get it right. Dave asked Tony now that they are into the old manor if he felt it would have cost more to fix the old manor back into a workable nursing home or to build a new nursing home. Tony answered that it would be very easy to get into more expense, per square foot, to remodel, getting the facility safe, presentable and usable than to build a new facility and have everything new and stable. They went on to talk about different plan options for the physical therapy department. Jim expressed his concern for the dollar figures, he would like to see them. Tony and Ashley explained that only the north end would be useable with no asbestos removal. Tony said it will be easy to get them numbers for the demolition. They also discussed all the positive things being reported from the new manor residents. After lunch the commissioners heard from the landscape person for the new manor. He explained his warranties for some of the trees and shrubs that have been lost due to the dry hot windy weather. Meeting adjourned. The next commissioner’s meeting is September 17. Official Commissioners Proceedings August 20, 2012 The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session with all members present. Also present were County Counselor Bob John-

son, County Clerk Pam Bensel and Ruthie Winget from The Hugoton Hermes. Dave called the meeting to order. Minutes of the last meeting were approved. Motion was made and passed to approve the county vouchers and the clerk was instructed to draw warrants on the Treasurer chargeable to the various funds of the county for the following amounts: General .. 32,448.58; Road & Bridge .. 27,875.75; Building .. 30,063.39; Noxious Weed .. 4,339.81; Wellness Center Bequest .. 1,179.61; Ambulance Bequest .. 86.86; Community Health .. 5,448.18; Fire Bequest .. 86.86; Employee’s P/R Misc W/H .. 64.62. Bob Wetmore with Great Plains Development of Dodge City explained the projects, loans and grants available through Great Plains Developments list of programs. The membership dues for Great Plains Development for 2012 are $1,052.80. Motion was made and passed to approve the membership payment of $1052.80 for Great Plains Development. Motion was made and passed to go into executive session for pending litigation and attorney/client for 20 minutes with County Counselor Robert Johnson present. Meeting reconvened with no action taken. Dale Noyes came in to inform the commissioners he needs a contract for Lot 4 Block 1 in the Stevens County Industrial Park. Bob Johnson said he will email it to him and the closing will be September 4, 2012. JC Cantrell came in to give updates for the Road and Bridge Department. Pete Earles with Earles Engineering presented plans for the sewer set up for the lots south and west of the Pioneer Manor. Pete says some of the lots will drain north and some will need to drain south. Pete suggested setting up a pond south of the Pioneer Manor at Main Street and Twenty Third Street. The dirt from the pond could be used to build up the 4000’ of road way. Pete will talk to Tom of Thomas Landscaping about shorting the irrigation lines on the east and west side of the Pioneer Manor. Motion was made and passed

to approve plans for the drainage pond presented by Pete Earles. Ron and Cynthia Martin and Ralph and Norma Stoddard came in to find out what the legal was for the property they bought from the county. They were asking about the pipelines on the property. Pete Earles has a map of pipelines on that quarter and will send a copy of the map to Ron Martin and Pam Bensel. Bob Johnson will get a final legal for the property and prepare the legal document. Ron asked about changing Cemetery Road to a different name. Ted Heaton came in to report for the Sheriff’s Department. Paula Rowden updated the commissioners about the computer system for the WIC program needs a new program. Paula informed the commissioners that she needs an electronic alarm device for the refrigerator for the vaccine program. She will call Nextech for more information and come back later in the day to answer some of the questions the commissioners have. Motion was passed to go into executive session for non elected personnel for ten minutes with County Counselor Robert Johnson present. Meeting reconvened. Jim moved, as a special case according to the Stevens County Personnel handbook section E-6 page 18, to allow Robert Rich to donate 80 hours to Pedro Sanchez, an employee of the Road and Bridge Department. This will be Pedro’s final pay check. Gary seconded. Motion carried. Gary explained about the property tax exemption on Machinery and Equipment he had learned from a KAC meeting in Topeka. He presented Senate bill 317 stating any personal property inside the buildings for businesses will be exempt if passed. Neal Gillespie came in and informed the commissioners, due to some expenses running higher than expected, that Tim Gomez with the milk factory called to ask if the County could help with the cost of the asphalt for the parking lot. Gene Leonard informed

husband Bernard of Spring, Tx. and Janell Burdett and husband Kenneth of Whispering Pines, N.C.; his 12 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Those preceding Mr. Mills in death were his parents; two brothers, Don and Earl Mills; and grandson Jeremy Anderson. Funeral services were attended Tuesday morning August 28, 2012 at the United Methodist Church in Hugoton. Jerrod, John and Justin Anderson, Clay and Chase Mills, Luke Mills, Logan Mills and Austin and Heath Mills served as Jerry’s pallbearers. Bernard Popejoy, Steve Peterson, Daryl Skinner, Benny Nix and Curt Tackett served as honorary pallbearers. Paul’s Funeral Home of Hugoton was in charge of arrangements. A memorial has been established for the Gas Capital Museum. Memorials may be mailed to Paul’s Funeral Home, Box 236, Hugoton, Ks. 67951.

commissioners that the someone asked if he could grind some of the concrete, at the landfill for the County for payment in receiving some of the concrete for himself. Dave asked Gene to check Road P for bindweed. Paula Rowden came back in to give answers on questions the commissioners had earlier. The contract term on the security system on the refrigerators is for five years. Dave moved to go with the 60 mo/five year term at $47.07 a month for the security system on the refrigerators and allow Paula to sign the contract with Nextech. Jim seconded. Motion carried. The commissioners discussed having a construction manager for the renovation of the old Pioneer Manor instead of a general contractor. Dave moved to offer the construction manager position to Tony McBride, at the same price of 4 ½%, for the renovation of the old Pioneer Manor. Gary seconded. Motion carried. Dave called the meeting back to order at 1:05 p.m. Dave moved to hire Ashley Fiss to continue with the drawings on the old Pioneer Manor - Community Health, Physical Therapy and EMS building restroom. She will check with Tony McBride and bring drawings to the next meeting. Jim moved to approve the membership payment of $1,052.80 for Great Plains Development to be paid out of the Economic Development incentive account. Dave seconded. Motion carried. By motion the Board adjourned.

The death of Bonnie Irene Stafford Davis of Covenant Place, Sumter, S.C. has been learned. Mrs. Davis passed from this life Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the age of 85. She was the daughter of the late William and Erca Garrison Stafford. She was born April 29, 1927 in Iowa and spent her childhood in Douglas County, Mo. February 2, 1947, Bonnie married Chester Ronald Davis and they moved to western Kansas. Mrs. Davis worked alongside her husband for 35 years in their State Farm Insurance agency in Ulysses. Upon retirement, they moved to Bishopville, S.C. to be closer to their children. Mrs. Davis was a member of the First Church of God of Ulysses and attended St. Andrews Church of God in Bishopville. She loved to embroidery and spent many, many hours making beautiful quilts and baby quilts to give to missionary families around the world. Her favorite music was piano and instrumental gospel hymns. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Bonnie loved her family. She is survived by two sons, R. Dwayne Davis and wife Lucinda of Spartanburg, S.C. and S. Mark Davis and wife Cindy of Bishopville; three grandchildren, A.J. Davis and wife Renee of Pickens, S.C., Kelly Ann Davis of Scott Air Force Base and Nolan Davis of Florence, S.C.; and her one great granddaughter, Kamryn Davis of Pickens. Bonnie was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She is predeceased by grandson Cale Davis; brothers Harry Stafford and Harrison Stafford; and sisters, Nadine Murray and Maxine Basler. Graveside services were attended August 26, 2012.

Stevens County Fire Department and Ambulance Report Stevens County Emergency Services run activity August 27 through September 2. Fire Department Hugoton Station Tuesday, August 28 - 2:55 p.m. called to a structure fire at 112 Liniger. Saturday, September 1 3:44 p.m. - called to Road 28 and Road R for a corn stubble fire.

Fire Department Moscow Station Tuesday, August 28 - 2:55 p.m. called to a structure fire at 112 Liniger. Saturday, September 1 3:44 p.m. - called to Road 28 and Road R for a corn stubble fire. Ambulance Activity Three medical runs, two Life Flights and two transfers.

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Consumer Corner Contributed by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt Spotting that Sweepstakes Scam My office receives calls and complaints from consumers who have been told they have won a prize such as cash, or a cruise, television or electronic device. These folks have been surprised to learn this because they do not recall entering the sweepstakes. Sadly, they are likely being scammed. If you receive a letter, email or phone call saying you’ve won, be cautious. Scammers often use the lure of prizes to steal your money and your personal financial information. I often am asked how to know if a prize you’re offered is a scam. Scammers will follow the exciting news that you’ve won with a request that you first send them money to cover taxes, fees, shipping or other costs — even though it’s illegal in most places, including Kansas, to require purchases or the payment of fees and taxes upfront before you can

receive a prize. Also, remember, the Kansas Lottery is the only legally operating lottery in Kansas. Anyone claiming you have won a foreign lottery is in violation of Kansas law. In some cases, the scammers may send you a legitimate looking check that is supposed to cover those socalled taxes and fees. But once you deposit the check in your account and then wire the money back to them, the check turns out to be fake and any amount you advance the scammer will be lost. Additionally, your bank may charge you overdraft fees. Our Consumer Protection Division staff works hard to crack down on these phony checks and fraudulent wire transfers. People are getting wiser about avoiding them, so fraud artists are coming up with other ways to get you to send them money. For example, they may ask you to order expensive items online,

Jeff Parker, Senior Field Supervisor for ExxonMobil and Stevens County Fair Board President Tony Martin stand before the newly built cattle ties at the fair grounds. ExxonMobil donated all the material for these cattle ties. The Fair Board greatly appreciates their donations.

such as computers and big screen televisions, and have them delivered directly to the scammer. Many of these sweepstakes and lottery scams originate in other countries. Suggestions to identify a scam: • Never give personal information, such as your social security number or bank account number, to someone you don’t know who calls you or sends you an email or letter. • Never agree to wire or send money in order to claim a prize. It’s illegal to require an upfront fee for a prize, so anyone who asks you to pay one is a scam artist. • Be very skeptical. If you don’t remember entering the contest, it’s probably a scam. Never deposit legitimate looking checks that come with a letter telling you that you

Many people are fully attentive when they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Motorists are increasingly concerned about rollovers, which are more prevalent in vehicles with a higher profile, such as SUVs and trucks. Rollovers may be caused by improper tire pressure, bad weather, potholes and overcorrecting of a vehicle when swerving out of the way. Motorists can, however, reduce their risk of being in a rollover accident. * Select SUVs with a wider distance between the tires in the back of the vehicles. This wider stance gives an SUV more stability than those that are narrow and tall. * Keep driving speeds within the recommended range. Higher speeds often contribute to rollovers. * Slow down when navigating

by Stevens County FACS Agent Nancy Honig

700 S. Main - Hugoton

We will be closed starting Sept. 1 and will re-open Oct. 30. We hope to see you when we re-open.

from abuse can challenge parents. Some tips for using technology in the home include: * Place the family computer in a shared space—a corner of the family room or kitchen. * Limit computer time, and monitor its use. * Set boundaries for the Internet, so children do not view it as the only source of information. * Check the content of interactive computer/video games, and don´t be afraid to say "no." * Model appropriate use, while continuing personal and family-style activities, such as reading a book, game night, cooking together or taking a walk as a family after dinner. * Turn off technology during family meals and activities. * Balance time with technology and time without. * Encourage kids to share technology tips they learn at school. Establishing guidelines and rules for computer use and posting them near the computer can be helpful in curbing disagreement. Make technology fit into your lifestyle, without letting it drive your lifestyle. Thinking Kids Activities Back-to-school days are a

Free Retirement Plan Review Johnson Dustin E Johnson Financial FinancialAdvisor Advisor .

608 S Main Street Hugoton, KS 67951 620-544-8818 Member SIPC

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good time to rethink kids´ schedules and your own. A new school year typically offers new opportunities, but in an effort to give children a variety of experiences, parents and children may find themselves stressed to the max. We all need down time, as taking time out is like charging the battery in the car. This year, plan to focus on a few activities that will still allow time for family members and the family as a unit. Including children in the decision-making process is advisable, it gives them some ownership in the decisionmaking process. Charlotte Shoup Olsen, KState Research and Extension Specialist in Family Studies and Human Services, offers some tips to consider: * Look at the schedule or notices that come home from school together; * Talk with your child about his or her interests to narrow down the list, and * Make a list of potential benefits and negative impacts for each activity to help in the decision-making process. Take time to think it through before making a commitment. If a child signs up for a sport that practices until 5:30 p.m. five days a week, what else can he or she reasonably manage? Should a family sign up for an activity that meets at 6:30 p.m. when parents can´t possibly get home from work before six? Choosing a limited number of activities allows a child to explore interests, without feeling pressured to move on to the next activity.

The girl above is trying her best to dunk the boy on the dunking board at the free carnival at the First Christian Church.

Children enjoy rides in the fun train at the carnival at the First Christian Church.

WOLTERS CONSTRUCTION, LLC General Contractor Hugoton, Ks.


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“Notes From Nancy” Take Time Away From Technology at Home Technology—computers, cell phones, mp3 players and such—make information and entertainment readily available. However, too much of a good thing can harm personal relationships. With parents and children vying for time on the computer, or three children each tuned in to their own mp3 player, interaction among family members may be nil. In today´s world, screen time can replace personal interaction with family and friends, health-promoting physical activity, and other personal growth opportunities, such as reading a book or researching a topic for a school paper using multiple resources at a library. Separating appropriate use

“have won.” • Report possible scams to the Attorney General’s Office by calling our Consumer Hotline at 1.800.432.2310 or go to our web site at To reduce the number of sweepstakes offers and solicitations you receive: • Sign up for the Do Not Call Registry, by calling 1.888.382.1222 or by going to • Don’t enter any sweepstakes or buy anything through a sweepstakes. • Have your name taken off of mail marketing lists. Write to: Direct Marketing Association Mail Preference Service, PO Box 64, Carmel, NY 10512. • Use a reliable spam filter to cut down on phony emails about sweepstakes and lotteries.

turns, especially those on off and on ramps of highways. Slow down by taking your foot off of the accelerator rather than pressing hard on the brakes. * Maintain proper tire pressure and regularly check if your tires are in good shape. Tire blow-outs may cause rollover accidents. * Distribute items in the car evenly so weight is spread throughout. * Keep an eye out for potholes and other road obstructions that could cause the vehicle to go off balance.

Chief Custom Homes & Wolters Construction

MODEL HOME 708 East 4th Street

Friday 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday 8 - 11 a.m. Model Home is for sale or we’ll build to your budget.




Saturday, October 6 7:00 p.m.

(Doors for the concert open at 6:00 p.m.)

Meade High School Auditorium 409 School Addition, Meade, Kansas

Concert Tickets: $20 A German Supper of Verenika, Sausage, Cole Slaw, Pies and Cake will be served in the High School Commons Area from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the supper sold separately (All proceeds from the supper go to Emmanual Mennonite Church Ministry and Scholarship Program)

Ages 0-5 - Free • 6-10 $5 each • 11-Adult $10 each To purchase tickets to the concert and supper, contact Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Meade at (620) 873-2742.

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@YourYOUR LIBRARY Information Source for 98 Years

Martinez - Mowery

500 Monroe Hugoton, Ks. 67951-2639 Phone: 620.544.2301 • Fax: 620.544.2322 Email:

Vicki Martinez and Mo Mowery were married July 7 in their backyard in Tyro. Vicki is the daughter of Linda and Stan McGill of Moscow and the granddaughter of George and Dorcas Mead from Pioneer Manor. Mo is the son of Joyce and Ron Freed, formerly of Moscow. They are home in Tyro with son Dallas Martinez.

With The Littlefolks & Ginger Ingram Brown

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Plan after school activities for your kids



Fun and learning can extend beyond the classroom. From music and the arts to organized sports, after-school activities can help kids stay active and make lifelong friends. Here are some great tips to keep kids active and engaged during the afternoon: Sign up early: Many programs fill up fast. Be sure to sign your kids up for programs as soon as possible to ensure their enrollment. Listen to your kids: As much as you would like your child to participate in certain activities, don’t push too hard. Let them explore all their options to find activities they actually enjoy doing.

Saturday, September 8

ogs H o t D at My Father’s House 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

207 E 6th St, Hugoton

Ages 5 - 12 years

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Children under 5 must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent.

Ginger Ingram will also be ministering - with The Littlefolks at My Father’s House Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 For more information call 428-5883.

Worship with your loved ones at Pioneer Manor September 9 Pastor Ben Coats Assembly of God

Citizens State Bank

September 16 Pastor Michael Taylor Light House Fellowship

601 S. Main - Hugoton

PAUL'S FUNERAL HOME David & Brandy Robson

314 S. Van Buren 544-4122

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CHURCH OF CHRIST 1045 S. Van Buren 544-2825 Matthew Russell, Minister 1041 S. Van Buren Wednesday - 7:00 p.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Evening Service - 6:00 p.m.

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS 520 E. First 544-2125 Sacrament - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Priesthood - 11:00 a.m.

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 500 S. Van Buren 544-2493 Pastor Dave Piper Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:45 a.m. Evening Services - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.

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FAITH CHAPEL CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST Tenth and Jefferson Lawrence Johnson, Pastor Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Bible Band (Tuesday) - 6:00 p.m. Home and Forn. Miss. (Friday) - 6:00 p.m. Youth - 6:00 p.m. Bible Study - 7:00 p.m.

Tenth and Adams 544-2092 Christopher M. Fincher, Pastor Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Bible Study, Wednesday - 7:30 p.m.


TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 544-2355 516 N.E. Avenue Morning Worship - 9:00 a.m. Fellowship/Refreshments - 10:00 a.m. Sunday School - 10:30 a.m. Rev. Larry Bradford, Interim Pastor 544-9492 or 598-2400 YOU ARE WELCOME!

600 S. Van Buren - 544-2715 Pastor Randy Nash UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 828 S. Main Hugoton 544-8715 Fellowship - 10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Harry Cross, Pastor Worship Hour - 10:30 - 12:00 Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. Children's Church, 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Jr. High Youth Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sr. High Youth Group, 7:45-9:00 p.m. Information on small groups call 544-2715

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HUGOTON BAPTIST CHURCH -Eighth and Main 544-2210 Bob Rich, Pastor 506 East Eighth - 544-2295 Sunday School - 6:00 p.m. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Youth Service - 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 6:00 p.m.

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MOSCOW MOSCOW BAPTIST CHURCH 598-2455 Church - 598-2400 Home Rev. Larry Bradford, Pastor 1 mile S. of Moscow, 1/2 mile E. of Moscow/Hooker Rd. Morning Worship - 10:30 a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study - 7:00 p.m. Team Kids (Wed.) - 3:30-5:00p.m. Sept.-May

MOSCOW UNITED METHODIST 598-2426 Tim McCrary, Pastor 598-2421 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Kid’s Club - Wednesday 3:30 p.m. UMYF Jr. High - 6:00 p.m. UMYF Sr. High - 5:00 p.m.

LONE STAR FRIENDS CHURCH 14 Miles East of Hugoton on Highway 51 ROLLA Bob Sanders, Pastor Church 624-3784 Home 624-3104 EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH Sunday School - 9:45 a.m. 202 Monroe St. - Rolla, Ks. 67954 Contemporary Worship Celebration - 10:45 a.m. Henry McGuire, Pastor 593-4693 Jr. High & Sr. High Youth Group - Sunday 6:30 p.m. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Fellowship - 6:00 p.m. Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Evening Adult Study - 6:30 p.m. Sunday Evening Service - 6:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting Wednesday - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening, AWANA’s - 6:45 p.m. Christian Life Club (age 2 - 18) - 6:30 p.m.



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LIBRARY CARDS Many children come to the library directly after school for activities, homework, reading and computer use. This experience can become frustrating for the child if they do not have access to their own library card. Library cards are free, but those under 18 must have a parent’s signature on the card. Additionally, if the child plans to check out movies or use the computer lab, they must have written parental consent on file. For security and safety purposes, that consent form must be presented to library staff by the parent or guardian. Please help make your child’s library experience enjoyable. Get them a library card today! WINTER HOURS Winter hours are now in effect at the SCL. They are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library is closed Sunday. BOOK SALE FINAL DAYS!! Remaining materials at the book sale are now a bag for a buck! The book sale will be GONE after Saturday, September 8!!! ARTIST EXHIBIT This year the Local Artists’ Exhibition will begin September 17. If you or an artist you know is interested in showing works at the library, come in to pick up a form or go to our website at stevenscountyli- and find an online version. CIRCLE TIME CIRCLE TIME IS A STORYTIME OPPORTUNITY DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO AGE FIVE. Sessions are Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Register your child online at http://www.stevenscountyli circle-time/ or at the library. Contact Stacey for additional details. 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN You are your child’s first and most important teacher! Enjoy books together while your child develops skills that will prepare him/her to learn to read independently. Register your child for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Any child that has not yet enrolled in Kindergarten is eligible for this program. Count any books that are read to your child, no matter who reads the books: brother, sister, babysitter, or even a librarian at Circle Time! Register your child at the library or contact Stacey for additional details. “THE WAY WE WORKED” DOCENTS The first “TWWW” docent meeting will be Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering during the Smithsonian Exhibit, please contact Eunice at the library.

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125 years of the Hermes From the August 27, 1948, issue of The Hugoton Hermes KANSAS HEALTH Our Deadly Drivers Your car may have all kinds of safety features. it may be in perfect running condition. But if you are not a careful, responsible driver—your car becomes a dangerous vehicle, and you are a deadly driver, a menace to your own safety and to the safety of everyone with whom you share the highway. The motor vehicle accident death rates in Kansas are steadily climbing. The Vital Statistics Division of the Kansas State Board of Health, after a study of these deaths, make the following statements: Motor vehicle accidents continue to be a disappointing factor in general mortality statistics, as the already high rate continues to climb. This June’s motor vehicle death rate of 31.2 per 100,000 population is 18 percent higher than that for the preceeding month and 68 percent above the rate for June of 1947. “Except for motor vehicle accidents, the combined mortality figures for the first six months of 1948 are generally favorable, when compared with those for the first half of 1947.” With the rise in motor vehicle accidents in the state, there have been many newspaper reports of these accidents, in which little children have been seriously injured—some of them fatally. Are these deaths really necessary? Reports on official forms show the leading cause to be carelessness—human failure. There were 208 motor vehicle accident deaths in the first six months this year—172 such deaths in the same period last year. When are we going to follow the example of other states, and reduce these needless deaths by

passing an effective driver’s license law and seeing that it is enforced? (NOTE: There were 382 fatalities on Kansas highways in 2011. From Kansas Dept. Transportation.) From the September 3, 1948, issue of The Hugoton Hermes Welder hurt when acid tank explodes Clair Gregg, operator of the Gregg Welding Shop, was injured about 7:20 Wednesday morning when an acid tank filled with acid solution blew up while Mr. Gregg was doing some welding on the tank. He was on top of the tank doing welding around the manhole and an accumulation of gas in the tank was ignited by the flame from the torch. The explosion blew the cover off the manhole, the full force of the explosion hitting Gregg in the face. The glass mask which was over his face to protect his eyes from the torch was shattered and the glass blown into his eyes, making the damage to the eyes both from the gas and shattered glass. There was 1000 gallons of acid-water solution in the tank and about one-third of it blew out. The tank belonged to the Chemical Process Co. and was in charge of James Teel. Mr. Gregg was taken to the St. Anthony hospital in Dodge City in the Prine Funeral Home ambulance. We are told that welding on these acid tanks has not been considered hazardous and has been done many times in the past. This time there was evidently an accumulation of gas in the manhole recess which caused the explosion. The explosion was heard all over town.


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Friday night football resumed play last week with Hugoton High School's varsity football team hosting Goodland. The Eagles met tough opposition in the season opener, dropping 24-13 to the visiting team. Goodland scored in the first quarter to take the early lead of 6-0. The Eagles found the endzone in the second quarter and two more touchdowns by Goodland put the score at 18-6 for halftime. Each team scored one second-half touchdown. Goodland added six points to the scoreboard in the third and Hugoton added seven in the fourth quarter. "Unfortunately, we did not play well enough to win this ballgame. I did not have them ready to play and as the head coach, I take responsibility for that," said coach Clint Merritt. "We made too many mistakes in the form of turnovers and crucial penalties that cost us dearly. We will work harder in the coming week to correct those mistakes." Hugoton rushed for 183 yards on 48 carries. Garett Walker totalled 80 yards on 14 plays. Cordell Barnes had 45 yards on nine carries, Ross Davis 34 yards on eight plays and Yates Sutton held onto the ball for 24 yards on 17 snaps. He scored Hugoton's running-play touchdown. Quarterback Yates Sutton connected five passes

Eagle quarterback Yates Sutton works hard for some extra yards with a Goodland defender in tow. on the night for 95 receiving yards. Tanner Barrells had a 65-yard touchdown reception. Reid Davis caught two passes for 16 total yards. Logan Frederick snagged a ten-yard reception. Cordell Barnes was on the receiving end of a pass for four yards. Jeison Rodriguez scored the fourth quarter extra-point for Hugoton. Bradley Campbell came through on defense with a quarterback sack. Mitchell Persinger, Alfredo Licon and Reid Davis each had a hurry. Campbell led the team in total tackles with 15. Hugoton will prepare for round-two of the regular sea-

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Eagle football is back in full swing. The varsity team hosted the first game of the season Friday against Goodland. The visiting team took home the win 24-13.

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Abbi Wheeler chips a shot to the green. Wheeler scored a 63 for the varsity Eagles in the season opener hosted by HHS.

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Middle school football kickoff was a victorious start to the season Thursday with two wins. The eighth grade Eagles defeated Liberal South 52-6 and the seventh grade team doubled the wins with a 52-8 victory. Hugoton hosted both games. In the eighth grade game, Liberal South was first to possess the ball, fumbling into the hands of the Eagles. Hugoton had 41 yards to find the endzone and did so in two plays. Jack Stalcup took the ball in on a 30-yard run. Valentino Degollado added the two-point conversion. The next drive series for Hugoton had similar results with a two-play touchdown. Degollado connected a pass to Eddie Marquez for a 55yard touchdown reception. Stalcup completed the twopoint conversion and Hugoton had the early 16-0 lead. After another Liberal 3and-out, Marquez put Hugoton in fine field position after a 39-yard punt return to the 25-yard line. A three-play drive spanned those yards as Oscar Rubio ran the ball in for a touchdown. Degollado boosted the scored to 24-0 wtih the two-point conversion. Pedro Ordonez scored a touchdown on a four-play, 31-yard series. The two-point conversion set the score at

Landan Hickey and Eddie Marquez tackle a Liberal South opponent in Thursday's eighth grade football game. Eagle players Moses Car32-0. A good kick by Bernabe Mendoza set up a safety. Asaf Ruiz then had a seven-yard return to put the ball on the Liberal 37. A rare Eagle fumble inside the ten gave Liberal the ball again. Liberal then got a safety as they stepped out of the back of the endzone. The scoreboard read 36-0. Marquez and Ruiz added touchdowns as Hugoton went on to win 52-6. "Overall I was pleased with our effort," said coach Scott

rillo and Valentino Degollado are nearby on the play.

Schechter. "We only had one penalty and one turnover. These two things are an emphasis with our MS team; we must hang on to the ball. Next week we play Kenneth Henderson at home 4:00 p.m., it will be good test for us." Hugoton had 286 rushing yards and 64 passing yards against Liberal South. Seventh Grade Football The seventh grade Eagles defeated Liberal South 52-8, scoring seven touchdowns. Eagles credited with the

touchdowns were Nathan Leininger, Marcos Baeza, and Braden Slemp with one apiece, and Nick Mahan and Mitchell Hamlin with two each. "There really was not much South could do. We just had too much speed and our offensive line is very good and athletic as well," said coach Brent Mahan. "Defensively our first unit gave up no first do wns. Paden Cornelsen and Damyan Don Juan had a few tackles for loss each."

Volleyball teams travel to Ulysses for quadrangular meet Three matches at Ulysses marked the start of the 2012 season for Hugoton High School volleyball. The varsity and junior varsity teams hit the road for a quadrangular meet that netted two varsity wins and a victorious sweep for the JV Eagles. The varsity squad of HHS took home wins over Sublette and Stanton County. The Larks fell prey to the Eagles 25-11, 25-23 for the two-set win. Ulysses faced off with Hugoton in the second Eagle match. Despite great effort on the part of Hugoton, the Tigers were able to take the match in two close games, finalizing the scores at 23-25, 27-29. Game two was an intense battle for the game point with both teams teetering on victory before Ulysses was able to ultimately gain the two-point spread neces-

sary to claim the win. The final match of the night for Hugoton was the win over Stanton County. Scores were 25-19, 25-15 in the swift match. "The girls played hard and had a great first evening of volleyball. The defense was on fire," said senior Eagle Karessa Nordyke. "They were getting blocks and the back row was swift and digging the ball. The offense was also good, passing the ball up to the setter for a good set so that the hitters could have great hits contributing to the success of the night." Junior Varsity A clean sweep was secured by the JV Eagles, defeating Ulysses, Stanton County and Sublette. Riley Sosa and Taylor Haar were noted for solid hits that put an exclamation on

Eagle plays. Megan Cornelsen and Sofia Jimenez were noted for consistent serves. "All together the JV team

fought hard, and started off the season in a great way!" stated sophomore Eagle Lauren Fox.

BayLee Hoskinson dives for the ball to keep the play going. Hugoton traveled to Ulysses last week for the first quad meet of the season. HHS went 2-1 in varsity play and 3-0 in junior varsity.

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Cross country runners compete in Meade Invitational Under temperatures in the mid-90s, Hugoton High School's cross country runners have gotten out of the gates with the 2012 season of racing underway. The teams traveled to Meade Thursday of last week for the Meade Invitational. "I was surprised by some things," noted coach Nick Rodriguez. "I thought we ran well for an early season meet. But we were not used to running with it being so warm. I would say we were not well hydrated going into the meet." Despite the heat as an added contender, Hugoton placed third in the girls varsity race, improving upon recent group placement. "Not too bad for our first results," Rodriguez said. The varsity Eagles boys cross country team topped the schools on hand, placing first for the team win.

Patrick Weaver won the boys race with a time of 17:33. Jacob Martin came in fourth in 18:12, followed by Chase Hittle in sixth at 19:01, Luis Castro seventh in 19:21, Isaac Castro eleventh at 19:30, Kole Kahl 20:41 (twenty-first), and Edgar Villa 21 (twenty-sixth). The third place girls team was led by Maria Martinez. She ran a seventh place race in 18:50. Aubrey Hamlin ran the race in 20:19 for sixteenth overall. Katie Weaver placed twenty-second in 21:29, followed by teammate Mariana Shuck in twentythird at 21:30. Jackie Garcia recorded 23:25 (thirtyeighth), Sadie Wood 24:12 (forty-first), and Mandy Mills 26:33 (forty-eighth). In junior varsity competition, Hugoton's Lawson Fiss placed second with a race time of 21:16, Zack Littell placed third in 21:20, Danny

Patrick Weaver won the boys race with a time of 17:33. The varsity Eagles boys cross country team placed first at Meade Invitational.

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Aubrey Hamlin races across the cross country course at Meade. The girls team placed third in the meet. Tapia fifth in 21:25, Wade Heger sixth in 22:06, Reed Rome seventh in 22:10, Garrett Hamlin eighth in 22:11, Chance Ghumm ninth in 22:36, Takoda Eckert eleventh in 22:52, Nic Goode twelfth in 22:56, and Miguel Rubio thirteenth in 23:24. Girls third place Maria Martinez 18:50 7 Aubrey Hamlin 20: 19 16 Katie Weaver 21:29 22 Mariana Shuck 21:30 23 Jackie Garcia 23:25 38 Sadie Wood 24:12 41 Mandy Mills 26:33 48 Boys first place Patrick Weaver 17:33 1 Jacob Martin 18:12 4 Chase Hittle 19:01 6 19:21 7 Luis Castro Isaac Castro 19:30 11

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Hugoton High School girls golf team hosts tournament The Hugoton High School girls golf team hosted the opening competition of the season Thursday with a tournament at Forewinds Golf Course. Both varsity and junior varsity golf teams competed in the event. Eight schools were represented. Goodland won the varsity tournament with a combined total of 193 and Hugoton placed fifth with a team score

of 237. "The girls as a whole did a great job," coach Rex Evans said. "They all drove the ball well. If there are any issues, it is in the short game and we are working on that." Junior golfer Courtney Ferguson led the Eagles with her score of 48. This was good for a medal as she placed eleventh individually. She returns to the team as a

Bailey Haynes putts the ball during Thursday's varsity tournament at Forewinds Golf Course. Haynes finished the round of golf with a score of 67.

State Qualifier. "Courtney played up the level she ended at last season at state," coach Evans said. "She is only going to get better." Tessa Rindels shot a 59,

Abby Crawford readys for a drive during Thursday's hosted golf tournament. The Hugoton High School varsity and junior varsity squads competed along with seven visiting schools.

Dove banding program provides valuable information September 1 marked the start of the 2012 hunting seasons with dove season opening day. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) officials remind dove hunters to check harvested doves for leg bands. For the last ten years, biologists in Kansas, as well as those in most other states, have banded mourning doves each summer in an effort to gain information about population size, harvest, and migration patterns. Dove bands, small aluminum rings with unique nine-digit codes attached around the lower leg, are smaller versions of the leg



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Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Producers attend Corn Plot Tour Farmers turned out for the Stevens County Corn Plot Tour which took place Tuesday, August 28, 2012, two and a half miles west of

Hugoton on Highway 56. With 40 different corn varieties available, producers were able to see how the different varieties did in Stevens

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County. Several dealers provided the seed from which the corn grew. After the tour hamburgers and cold drinks were served.

Governor’s Water Conference is October 30-31 The Kansas Water Office is excited to announce the first Governor’s Water Conference to be Tuesday, October 30 and Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the new Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center in Manhattan. The Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas will highlight the latest policy and research developments of water issues in Kansas. The conference topics include: •New ideas to conserve and extend the Ogallala Aquifer •An evaluation of Kansas’ water infrastructure •Opportunities to improve Kansas’ water quality •Meeting water demands for energy and agriculture Day one speakers include Dr. William Blomquist, author of Embracing Watershed Politics and Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Panel presentations with a town hall format are planned for the afternoon. Day two will build on the water policy discussions from Day 1 with technical presentation posters and talks. Legislators, state, federal, city and county officials, organizations and citizens who share an interest in our state’s water resources are encouraged to attend. Registration is now available online at Registration deadline is October 15. Conference details, brochure, speakers and sponsors can be found online as well. The Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas is co-sponsored by the Kansas Water Office (KWO) and K-State /Kansas Water Research Institute. Sponsors for the event come from multiple diverse water interests. Major sponsors for the event include Black and Veatch, Burns and McDonnell and Select Energy. If accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please notify the KWO, 785-296-3185, at least five working days prior to the meeting. As the state’s water office, KWO conducts water planning, policy coordination and water marketing as well as facilitates public input throughout the state. The agency prepares the KANSAS WATER PLAN, a plan for water resources development, management and conservation. KWO also reviews all water laws and makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature for needed legislation. Submitted by the Kansas Water Office.

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A large crowd of farmers turn out for the Stevens County Corn Plot Tour last Tuesday,

August 28, 2012. The tour was two and a half miles west of Hugoton along Highway 56.

Ag Wise Joshua Morris, Stevens County Extension Agent A.N.R. office: 620-544-4359

Soil Water and Winter Wheat Prospects Parts of Kansas received up to six inches of rain August 24-26, while other parts missed most of that rain. All areas remain in a prolonged, severe drought. Where it rained several inches, how deep into the profile will moisture go? Where it did not rain, or did not rain very much, how much precipitation will be needed at this point to provide enough moisture to make a wheat crop? Filling the profile with water Most soils in central and western Kansas are loam, silt loam, or silty clay loam in texture. In general, soil profiles of these textures have potential to hold about two inches of available water per foot of soil depth. A four-foot profile will hold about eight inches of available soil water. To fill the profile to that depth will take more than eight inches of rainfall, however. If you follow the math, you might conclude that a six-inch rain would moisten a loam, silt loam, or silty clay loam soil to a depth of three feet. But not all the rain that falls gets into the soil because of runoff. And not all of the rain that infiltrates the soil remains there because of evaporation, transpiration from weeds, or drainage as the profile becomes wetter. As a general rule, about 80 percent of the first inch of rain gets into the soil and remains there. The next inch of rain in a single rainfall event is a bit less efficient. In a two-inch rainfall event, about one and a half inches of water could typically be expected to remain in a silt loam soil – about 75 percent intake efficiency. This is under reasonably good soil surface and rainfall conditions. Runoff is affected by many conditions such as soil roughness, residue cover, soil surface sealing, rainfall rate and amount, soil slope, soil texture, soil compaction, and initial soil water content. If surface runoff is increased by those negative factors, then the infiltration efficiency would be less than the 75 percent value for the two-inch rain. Evaporation will work to deplete the soil of water after a rainfall event. In the five to seven days after a rainfall event, total evaporation would likely be from about fifteen hundredths to a half inch – with evaporation being increased by certain conditions, such as tillage, reduced residue cover, high temperature and wind speed, and low humidity. If weed growth is present, that will obviously further reduce the stored soil water. Using those general figures, here’s how much rainfall it would take to fill the profile of a loam, silt loam, or silty clay loam soil that is at the lower limit of available soil water to the four-foot depth, using an example of two-inch rains occurring at five to seven day intervals. * Target amount of available soil water in four feet of silt loam soil: eight inches

* Amount of water infiltrating into the soil profile from a twoinch rain: one and a half inches * Amount of soil water lost to evaporation in the five to seven days after the rain: fifteen hundredths to a half inch * Net amount of water remaining in soil after a two-inch rain, followed by five to seven days of no rain: one inch (if a half inch of evaporation) to one and thirty-five hundredths inch (if fifteen hundredths inch of evaporation) * Number of two-inch rainfall events occurring every five to seven days needed to reach the target of eight inches of available soil water: six (if fifteen hundredths inch evaporation) to eight (if a half inch of evaporation) Total amount of rainfall needed to fill the four-foot profile of a silt loam soil: 12 to 16 inches, occurring in two-inch events every five to seven days over a six-week period (12 inches if fifteen hundredths inch of evaporation per rain or 16 inches if a half inch of evaporation per rain). This assumes a rather optimistic infiltration efficiency of 75 percent. If the heavy rains of August 24-26 fell slowly enough that there was very little runoff, however, the efficiency could be at least that high since the deeper the moisture soaks into the soil, the less likely it is to be lost to evaporation. Coarser-textured soils that have little to no available water will also need considerable rainfall to fill the profile. A coarser-textured sandy loam soil has a smaller available water holding capacity (about one and a half inches per foot of depth) than the loam, silt loam, and silty clay loam soils. So it takes less water to fill the profile of a sandy loam soil with available water than it does a silt loam soil. With our example for the silt loam soils, we gained about one inch per rainfall event if a half inch of evaporation or about one and thirty-five hundredths inches per rain if fifteen hundreds inches of evaporation. Assuming similar conditions for the sandy loam soil, to fill the sandy loam soil profile to the four-foot depth would require about nine inches of rain if fifteen hundredths inches of evaporation after each twoinch rain or 12 inches of rain if a half inch of evaporation

after each two-inch rain. Relative importance of available soil water and in-season precipitation A full soil profile at planting time is not required for a decent wheat crop. However, increased available soil water at planting does improve greatly the odds of getting a good wheat crop. Inseason precipitation and available soil water at planting are both important in determining the ultimate yield of a wheat crop. The following table is based on results from 30 years of research data collected at the K-State Southwest ResearchExtension Center at Tribune. The wheat yields listed were calculated from equation 3.5, table 3, page 1361 of “Yield— Water Supply Relationships of Grain Sorghum and Winter Wheat”, L.R. Stone and A.J. Schlegel, 2006, Agron. J. 98:1359-1366. Wheat yields were calculated in response to both available soil water at emergence and total in-season precipitation. In the table below, keep in mind that two inches of available soil water is equivalent to having moisture to a depth of one foot in a silt loam soil, since a silt loam soil holds about two inches of available soil water per foot. Likewise, four inches of available soil water means a silt loam soil is moist to a depth of two feet. In a sandy loam soil, two inches of available soil water would be moisture to a depth of roughly 1.33 feet. The chart shows the influence of available soil water and in-season precipitation at producing long-term yield results. Having water in the fall is critical for germination, emergence, stand establishment, and vigor. Precipitation during winter is closely related with yield potential, providing for winter survival and increased soil water at the beginning of spring regrowth. Water in spring is normally most effective at increasing wheat yields if received at about boot through head extension, providing for decreased water stress at flowering and grain development. -- Loyd Stone, Soil and Water Management --Alan Schlegel, Agronomistin-Charge, Southwest Research-Extension Center, Tribune

Effect of Availaable Soil Water at Emergencce and In-seaso on Precipitatio on on Dryland W Wheat Yields: Tribune 1974-20004 In-season precipitation (inches)

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Kansans invited to enter annual Kansas factual story contest

Hazel Allen takes a moment to enjoy her backyard with all the flowers blooming and the restful pond nearby. The goldfish in her pond are

waiting impatiently to be fed breakfast. She has seen many birds and even hummingbirds who come to feast on her many flowers.

Kansas named in top 10 pro-business states by Pollina Corporate Sunflower Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc. announced that Kansas has been named a top 10 “Pro-Business State” for 2012. The annual ranking is compiled by Pollina, a global real estate brokerage and consulting firm, and the American Economic Development Institute. The ranking is based on 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts. “It is nice to receive this recognition as one of the top states for business,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “We have worked diligently over the past 18 months to create an environment that will encourage business expansion and job growth in our state.” The top 10 states for 2012 are: 1. Utah; 2. Virginia; 3.

Wyoming; 4. North Dakota; 5. Indiana; 6; Nebraska; 7. South Dakota; 8. Kansas; 9. Missouri; and 10. Oklahoma. George cited the enactment of major tax reform that eliminated most non-wage income on small businesses and lowered tax rates for individual Kansans as a major boost to the state’s efforts to expand the economy and add jobs. “Kansas has gone from one of the highest taxed states in the region to one of the lowest,” George said. “The elimination of taxes on non-wage income is going to really help the 191,000 small businesses in Kansas grow. That’s what we need to get our economy growing.” Brent Pollina, vice president of Pollina Corporate Real Estate and co-author of the ranking, said that Kansas has proved why it has a reputation for understanding the needs of business. In 2004, Kansas was ranked No. 23 in the survey.

“[Kansas’] consistent approach to creating a pro-business environment has paid off because the state has continuously adapted and changed to fit the needs of business, refusing to sit back and rely on past success,” Pollina said. Pollina also praised the state’s economic development tools as an asset in recruiting companies. Since January 2011, there have been almost 21,000 jobs created, almost 4,000 jobs retained and $2.8 billion in capital investment in the state, according to Department data. In addition to the recognition by Pollina, Area Development magazine recently gave a Silver Shovel Award to Kansas. The award recognizes state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation. Forbes’ also ranked Kansas 12th in the publication’s most recent “Best States for Business” report.

Roybal graduates in top 10% of his USAF basic training class Zackery Roybal graduated from the United States Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tx. August 17, 2012. He was among the top ten percent of the class of over 700 airmen trainees. He went through eight weeks of intense physical training, weapons training, and learning Drill and Ceremony and military courtesies. Zackery is the son of Richard and Shelly Roybal of Hugoton and Bill and Samantha Hancock of Hoyt. His grandparents are Ray-

mond and Phyllis Mendes, David Ackerman and the late Kathy Saldana all of Hugoton.

Airman Zackery Roybal

Weather Watch Tuesday, August 28

Saturday, September 1

Low - 61˚ High - 94˚

Low - 56˚ High - 99˚ Wind speed - 16 Wind gust - 23

Wind speed - 16 Wind gust - 26

Wednesday, August 29 Low - 53˚ High - 94˚ Wind speed - 16 Wind gust - 20

Thursday, August 30

Sunday, September 2 Low - 63˚ High - 103˚ Wind speed - 22 Wind gust - 29

Monday, September 3

Low - 56˚ High - 98˚ Wind speed - 15 Wind gust - 22

Low - 64˚ High - 101˚ Wind speed - 28 Wind gust - 33

Friday, August 31

Wind speed is shown in MPH.

Low - 58˚ High - 94˚ Wind speed - 15 Wind gust - 18

Weather data is taken from the Aviation Weather System at the Hugoton Municipal Airport.


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STEVENS COUNTY Activity Center - 544-2283 Nutrition Center - 544-8041 ~ Barbara Beeks ~ Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Last chance for vacation for a while. Guess the storm passed us by as far as any moisture. Have a very busy week ahead of us. Always welcoming new people to take part in the activities and to eat lunch with us. Have a good week! Menu Sept. 6 ................................Fish Sept. 7.......Oven Fried Chicken Sept. 10 .....................Meat Loaf Sept. 11 ..............Ham & Beans Sept. 12................Birthday Day ..................................Brisket Sept. 13.........Baked Potato Bar Activities Schedule Thursday, September 6 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Friday, September 7 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Bingo........................12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 8 Sew All Day................................ Cards .........................6:00 p.m. Dance.........................8:00 p.m. .........................Moonshiners Monday, September 10 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Line Dance.................7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11 Board Meeting ...........9:30 a.m. Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Bridge......................................... Wednesday, September 12 Birthday Day ............................. Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Paint...........................1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13 Exercise....................10:30 a.m. Bridge......................................... Aglow..........................7:00 p.m.


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The Kansas Historical Foundation announced that entries are being accepted for the Annual Kansas Factual Story Contest. Sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, the contest encourages written preservation of factual, unpublished happenings and anecdotes in the lives of Kansans today and yesterday. The contest is open to everyone. Stories must be true and unpublished, set in Kansas, and limited to 750 words. One entry per person, and entries will not be returned. Entries must be submitted electronically by e-mail no later than November 1, 2012. The author’s name, mailing address, and phone number must be included on the essay. Send entries to: Terry Marmet, Kansas Historical Foundation, Include “Beech Memorial Contest” in the subject line of the email. The Kansas Historical Society may preserve all stories in their collections Olive Ann Beech, of Wichita, provided winners with cash awards for over 30 years. Following her death, her daughter, Mary Lynn Oliver, Wichita, has continued this support. The Beech Memorial Cash Awards are: first place, $175; second place, $125; third place, $100; and $50 each for two honorable mentions. A panel from the Kansas Historical Society and the Foundation will judge entries. Winners will be announced and recognized at the annual meeting of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas Friday, January 25, 2013, in Topeka.

For more information, contact Terry Marmet, Director of Operations for the Kansas Histor-

ical Foundation, at 785-2728681, ext. 209 or member

PFC Haller graduates from U.S. Marine Corp boot camp Private First Class Ty John Haller, age 18, of Hugoton graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Ca., August 31, 2012. PFC Haller successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego as one of 85 recruits in Training Platoon 1023. This Platoon is part of 1st Battalion Bravo Company that graduated 504 Marines. Following ten days home on leave he will report to Camp Pendleton for one month at Military Combat

Training then Military Occupation Specialty school.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

ROLLA NEWS By Mary Courtney

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September 6, 2012 Junior High Football at Tyrone; 6:00 p.m. September 7, 2012 High School Football at Deerfield; 7:00 p.m. No ARGH! September 8, 2012 Junior High Volleyball Tournament at Ulysses; 9:00 a.m. High School Cross Country at South Gray; 10:00 a.m. September 10, 2012 Junior High Volleyball/Fotball at Deerfield; 4:30 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting; 6:30 p.m. September 11, 2012 Yearbook Workshop; 8:15 a.m. High School Volleyball Tri at Moscow; 4:30 p.m. September 12, 2012 Rec Board Meeting; 6:30 p.m. High School Band State Fair at Hutchinson September 13, 2012 High School/Junior High Volleyball at South Baca (Campo); 4:30 p.m.

Meredith Light auditions for American Idol Ryan Burrows, son of Larry and Wilene Burrows, shows off the medal he won at the Little World’s Fair in Kismet.

Ryan Burrows wins second Ryan Burrows has begun his athletic career following many years of success and accolades in academia. Ryan ran in the Little World's Fair 5K in Kismet. He finished in 28:50 and finished second in his age group. That age group would be over thirty and just barely under forty. Ryan teaches English in Satanta and has been a suc-

cessful scholars' bowl coach and the Kansas State President of the Kansas High School Scholars' Bowl Association. Perhaps, inspired by the summer Olympics, Ryan, riding on his outstanding run and finish, may be looking forward to distance competition in the 2016 Olympics. Ryan's parents are Larry and Wilene Burrows of Rolla.

FOR SALE: GRANT COUNTY, KANSAS Royalty & Mineral interests in SE/4 17-30-36 & W/2 & SE/4 of 21-30-36 in Grant County. Earnings: Prior 5 year average $10,915 annually Christian Unit .00781250 (40 acres) Curtis Unit .0234375 (120 acres) To be bid as a total unit Sealed written bids only w/ contact information

by Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 @ 4:00 PM CDT. Send to: Hathaway Law Office, LLP PO Box 10, 123 N. Glenn Ulysses, KS 67880 Inquiries call: 620-424-2335 Seller reserves right to refuse any & all bids.

Meredith Light rushed off to Dodge City to audition for the mobile, small town, American Idol. In a large bus judges were checking out small town talent and Meredith wanted to share hers with them. The volleyball team and other supporters loaded cars to support this singing sensation. Though Meredith was not

selected for the show, the judge pointed at her and said, "You have talent. Try out again next year and show us more." Meredith will be taken by force, if necessary, as friends are anxious to see her get the star recognition she so richly deserves. Meredith is the daughter of Marcus and Beverly Light.

Meredith Light waits in line to sign up to compete in American Idol at Dodge City. Meredith is the daughter of Marcus and Beverly Light.

Rolla Pirates fall athletic season officially begins The fall athletic season at Rolla Schools officially opened last week with junior high football and volleyball, high school cross country, high school volleyball, high school football, and the annual bonfire. The junior high lady Pirates played Moscow in their season opener and defeated the Lady Wildcats in the varsity game, winning two of three matches. In the junior varsity match, the Pirate girls were again successful, downing the Wildcats in two matches for the victory. On the football field, the Wildcats scratched their way to a victory over the hometown Pirates, winning by a score of 7-20. This week, the Pirate football team will be in action in Tyrone, Ok., and the junior high volleyball girls will compete at a tournament in Ulysses. The high school volleyball squad has not yet landed a one in the win column, but they are playing extremely close to their opponents, and the girls are looking toward improvement and future success. They competed in the Healy tournament and a quad invitational at Rolla. This week, they travel to Montezuma for a quad at South Gray High School. A tough Tyrone, Ok., team tackled the hopes of the season

opener for the high school football team. Though they fell to a tough team, the Pirate team is encouraged by its improvement over last year, and young, enthusiastic players. The cross country team was in Meade for the season opener. Katy Howe ran a great opening time. She is the veteran of the

team as a junior, and is looking forward to great success this year. Sophomore, Brent Peitz, and freshman, Garry Norton, ran outstanding races in the heat and hills of Meade, and feel they will have a terrific 2012 season. The 2012-2013 High School cheerleading squad led the fes-

Rolla Pirate cheerleaders lead the festivities for the annual bonfire. Left to right are Katie Murray, Kaleigh Barrett, Karly Clinesmith,

tivities for the annual bonfire. The Rolla Fire Department provided safety equipment, so the bonfire could proceed as planned. Introduction of the high school athletic teams, pie throw for the cheerleaders, and the snake dance were important elements of the evening.

Meredith Light, Kennedie Dixon, Hannah Dunn and Jada Maravilla.

Many deaths occur due to children left unattended in vehicles Hot summer days across the country contributed to at least 23 child deaths so far this year from heat stroke when children were left unattended in vehicles. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Safe Kids Kansas reminds caregivers to never leave children alone in cars. As a determined advocate in preventing heat stroke, Safe Kids Kansas and Safe Kids Coalitions nationwide have united to educate parents and caregivers with preventative tips to avoid these tragedies. These horrific incidents are happening far too often, throughout the year and in nearly all 50 states. Safe Kids Coalitions across the US have worked diligently to host hundreds of “Never Leave Your Child Alone” events, which include ad campaigns, brochures, tip sheets, posters and flyers, and heavy engagement from the local community. "As these tragedies continue to occur, Safe Kids Kansas is intensifying our efforts to get the message out that the inside of a vehicle is an extremely dangerous place for a child alone in hot weather," said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas. “Even on a mild day, the inside of a car can quickly become very hot. This is a place no child should be alone, and because children’s bodies heat up 3 to 5 times faster than adults, this makes them much more susceptible to heat stroke.” Although most would assume this would never happen to them, there is no common description of the caregiver that

has experienced this tragedy. It has happened to the rich and poor, educated and less educated, women and men, city dwellers and suburbanites, and in all but four state, between 1998-2011. In that same time period, Kansas had eight children die in vehicles. “Reaching parents and caregivers with ways to prevent these tragedies will no doubt help keep kids safe. These heartbreaking incidents can happen to anyone, and public education is vital to combating these preventable occurrences,” said Sage. Nine out of ten parents report that they never leave their child alone in a car, but for the one parent that does, things can end tragically. Never leave your child alone in a car, even for a minute. Together, we can cut down the number of deaths and nearmisses by remembering to ACT. • Avoid heat stroke-related injury and death by: Never leaving your child alone in the car, even for a minute. Consistently locking unattended vehicle doors and trunks. • Create reminders and habits that give you and your child’s caregiver a safety net: Establish a peace-of-mind plan. When you drop off your child, make a habit of calling or texting all other caregivers, so all of you know where your child is at all times. Place a purse, briefcase, gym bag, cell phone or an item that is needed at your next stop in a back seat. Set the alarm on your cell phone or computer calendar as a reminder to drop your child off

at childcare. • Take action if you see an unattended child in a vehicle: Dial 911 immediately and follow the instructions that emergency personnel provide – they are trained to determine if a child is in danger. For more information on preventing child heat stroke deaths, please visit www.ggweather. com/heat and www.safekids. org/heatstroke. Safe Kids Kansas works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Its members include over 70 statewide organizations, agencies and businesses. Safe Kids Kansas is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Kansas was founded in 1991 and is led by

the Kansas Department of Health & Environment. Beginning in 1997, General Motors and the GM Foundation have served as Safe Kids Buckle Up's exclusive funding source and helped build the program into a multifaceted national initiative, bringing motor vehicle safety messages to children and families through community and dealer partnerships. To date, more than 21 million people have been exposed to Safe Kids Buckle Up events and community outreach efforts. Certified child passenger safety technicians working through Safe Kids coalitions have examined over 1.4 million child safety seats at over 75,000 events and the program has donated over 520,000 seats to families in need. Visit us at and on Facebook.

Rolla Community Learning Center Come Join Us! Enrollment Began Monday, August 20 CLC open from : 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

Rolla Community Learning Center 204 Van Buren, Rolla, Kansas 67954 620-492-1788 E-mail: Phone: 620-492-1788 or 620-492-1940 Alternate Address for Contacting your friendly CLC Coordinator is: Stanton County Community Learning Center 502 N. Main (south side doors under sign) Johnosn City, KS 67885 E-mail: 620-492-1788

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

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One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure! Find yours at one of Stevens County’s great garage sales!

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LEAGUE WINNERS — The Hugoton Lions Club baseball team won first place in the Kansas-Colorado League this summer and was presented the first place trophy in ceremonies at Syracuse Friday night. The team members, front, left to right, Dick Perry 3B-P; Jack Bryan P; Bernie Groom OF; Bob Alexander 2B; Rodney Langley SS; Don Aycock

SS-2B; Roy Cooley, manager and coach. Back row, Roy Horton playercoach; Carl Mac Thurow OF; George Slocum OF; B.C. Bullard OF; Mel Howard OF; Phil Parker OF-1B; Frank Swafford 1B; Bob Suddeth OF; and inset Jan Kilbourne, catcher. The season record was 8 wins and 2 losses. From the September 6, 1962, issue of The Hugoton Hermes.

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History From The Hermes Compiled by Ruthie Winget Thursday, September 13, 2007 At long last, the M60 Series Tank (Patton Series) has arrived in Hugoton. Troops unloaded the tank to its final resting place on a concrete slab in front of the VFW Hall. Thursday, September 12, 2002 The Lahey farm in Moscow was recognized as a Century Farm at the Farm Bureau annual meeting last week. A Century Farm is one continuously owned by generations of a single family. Thursday, September 10, 1992

Carol Swinney has been selected as the winner for secondary (middle/high schools) from the first district and is now one of eight finalists from the four congressional districts in Kansas for Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Swinney will be honored at a reception in Hays where she will speak in acceptance for her award. Thursday, September 9, 1982 Paul Thomas recently retired from Phillip’s Funeral Home after seventeen years of service. Paul Williamson will be the new funeral direc-

tor. Williamson operated a Lamar, Mo. funeral home for sixteen years prior to moving to Hugoton.

the approval of a bond issue for additional funds to construct and equip a home for the elderly.

Thursday, September 14,

Thursday, September 11,

1972 Oleta Wilson was named second place winner in the Kansas Authors Club adult contest in Great Bend September 9, 1972. Her entry was named ‘Strollers never pay Rent.’ Mrs. Wilson has been a consistant winner for many years.

1952 Earl Peachey suffered a broken back and left leg Tuesday when he fell from the roof of his home. He is recovering in the Stevens County Hospital. He fell from the roof of the one story home while shingling the roof. Friends and neighbors of the injured man took over the shingling job Wednesday. Those helping were Merl Peachey, Austin Lynch, Donnie Kinser, Glen Phifer, Bernard Brubaker, Garland Persinger, Ralph Persinger and Louis Lohse.

Thursday, September 13, 1962 A special election will be held for the purpose of voting

Fluorescent film makes rural life safer By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau With every passing year, farm machinery becomes larger and larger. Some of this new equipment is so large it extends into the oncoming traffic lane and far beyond the tractor pulling it. Farms are also larger today than in the past and farm operators are forced to travel longer distances on the highways between fields. Fewer people have farm backgrounds. Many do not recognize that caution must be exercised when approaching farm equipment on the roadway. There is also more and more traffic on today’s roadways. Farm equipment without side markings may not be seen, especially in low-light conditions. That’s why colored, fluorescent film is the latest innovation to help make rural life safer. Properly placed on farm equipment these vibrant-colored, acrylic safety devices immediately attract the attention of approaching motorists. Sometimes referred to as “perimeter marking materials,” the micro prism used with fluorescent films use up to 75 percent of its surface to reflect incoming light. Some of the glass bead reflective elements use only about 25 percent of the surface to return light. “These new, long-lasting safety strips were not designed to replace slow-moving-vehicle emblems,” says Holly Higgins, Kansas Farm Bureau safety and health programs director. “Our farmers, ranchers and rural people could use them for their own protection and for those who may be traveling near them.” Higgins notes approximately 50 percent of all accidents with farm equipment are sideswipes. The longer lasting reflective tape can provide greater safety by increasing visibility when ap-

proaching slow moving farm equipment from behind. “The ideal scenario is to use yellow reflectors on the side and front of the equipment while red and orange strips should be placed on both sides of the back with the slow-moving-vehicle emblem in the middle,” Higgins says. Until recently, most fluorescent materials used outdoors faded quickly – in a matter of months. Some of the new products on the market today will last a minimum of two years and as long as three to five years, depending on weather conditions. The most critical time to provide high visibility for slow-moving farm machinery is in poor lighting conditions, including twilight, and in inclement weather such as snow, rain or fog, Higgins says. During such conditions, headlights are not always turned on promptly because they do not help to improve visibility. Bright colors depend on direct sunlight and lose their attracting attention in marginal lighting conditions, the Farm Bureau safety coordinator says. The new fluorescent films continue to provide a high level of visibility during all lighting conditions. The sooner you recognize a slow moving vehicle on the roadways, the better your chances are for avoiding an equipment collision, Higgins says. In Kansas during the last two years there have been 11 reports of crashes involving farm machinery on roadways. For example, a motorist traveling 65 miles per hour will need 4.5 seconds to perceive, react and slow down when approaching a tractor traveling 15 miles per hour. That’s why this new technology is important to adapt and use, Higgins says. “When your life and that of your loved ones is concerned, it’s important to utilize every

edge you can,” the Farm Bureau safety specialist says. “Using fluorescent films can give you one advantage that will help protect you and those traveling around you.” While law in Kansas does not require these reflective strips, it makes good sense to use them. Install these fluorescent strips and drive more safely today. John Schlageck is a leading commentator on agriculture and rural Kansas. Born and raised on a diversified farm in northwestern Kansas, his writing reflects a lifetime of experience, knowledge and passion. Submitted by Kansas Farm

Elkhart - 697-2657


If any readers have pictures for the history page of the Hermes, please bring them in to Ruthie Winget at The Hugoton Hermes.

ADHD is caused by heredity or prenatal problems Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, affects between five to eight percent of school-aged children and between two to four percent of adults, according to the National Resource Center on ADHD, which also says the condition is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity and overactivity. Once known as ADD, ADHD has a very strong neurological basis. While there is no known cause, researchers now believe heredity plays a significant role. In instances where heredity is not a contributing factor, ADHD may be linked to problems during pregnancy, prenatal exposure to alcohol and tobacco, premature deliver, low birth weight, and postnatal injury to the prefrontal regions of the brain.





An optimistic approach to the growing needs of Stevens County yields positive outcomes for future generations.

Debt in 2000


Debt in 2012


We have made significant improvements in the county with the new long term care facility and law enforcement center. Improvements that were needed to satisfy state mandates, and provide for the future needs of this county. While mandated improvements were made, major increases in our county debt were controlled. I am against unnecessary spending and believe we have reached a plateau with aggressive projects. The county has two projects left to complete: Remodel of the north and south ends of the old Pioneer Manor to accommodate the health department and physical therapy. These two remaining projects will not add to our existing debt because there are adequate funds available in the existing building fund.

A vote for Dave Bozone is a vote for leadership that is concerned about the needs of future generations, and against unnecesary spending. Pol. Ad. paid for by Dave Bozone for County Commissioner.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Don’t forget!


Hermes deadline for news, ads and classifieds is

Deadline for all classified advertising is MONDAY at 5:00 p.m. All Garage, Yard and/or Moving Sale Ads MUST Be Pre-Paid.

Monday at 5:00 p.m. PUBLIC NOTICE


THE STATE OF KANSAS TO ALL PERSONS CONCERNED: You are hereby notified that a Petition bas been filed in this Court by Marion Wayne Heger beneficiary of Betty Jean Heger, a/k/a Betty J. Heger, deceased, requesting that the foreign will of Betty Jean Heger a/k/a Betty J. Heger, deceased, dated January 19, 2007, be admitted to probate and record in this Court; no administration of the Estate is necessary; the will be construed, and the following Kansas real estate owned by the decedent, situated in Stevens County, Kansas: Mineral interests in the Southeast Quarter (SE/4) of Section Twentythree (23), Township Thirty-three (33) South, Range Four (4) West of the 6th P.M., all in Stevens County, Kansas; AND

The Northwest Quarter (NW/4) of Section Seven (7), in Township Thirty-three (33) South, Range Thirty-eight (38) West of the 6th Principal Meridian, all in Stevens County, Kansas; AND

Lots Three (3) and Five (5), the Southeast Quarter (SE/4) of the Northwest Quarter (NW/4), and the Southwest Quarter (SW/4) of Section Six (6). Township Thirtythree (33) South, Range Thirtyeight (38) West of the 6th P.M., all in Stevens County, Kansas; AND The Southeast Quarter (SE/4) of Section Twelve (12), Township Thirty-three (33) South, Range Thirty-nine (39) West, all in Stevens County, Kansas. be assigned in accordance with the terms of the Will. You are required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 24 day of September, 2012, at 1:30 o’clock P.M. in the District Court, in the city of Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas, at which time and place the cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgment and decree will be entered in due course upon the Petition.

1) Classified ad rate is $.20 per word per insertion. The weekly minimum is $3.35. 2) Classified display advertising rate is $5.00 per column inch. 3) All cards of thanks are charged at the display rate. 4) All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, children, or national origin or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination." This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.

HELP WANTED NEEDED IMMEDIATELY: Helpers as soon as possible. Must be able to use manual blood pressure machine and drive to doctor appointments. Also some minor personal help and household work. Call Edna 544-2229. (4c33)


The Hooker Soda Fountain and Grill in Hooker, Ok. is now accepting applications for

Waitresses, Cooks and Dishwashers.

Please come by the Earth Tech office, 102 Broadway St. in Hooker, or please call 580-652-3924 or 580-302-4770 for applications.(tfc32)

The Hugoton Hermes accepts Visa and Mastercard

Marion Wayne Heger, Petitioner (2c36)

VIGNERY & MASON, L.L.C. 214 E. 10th, P.O. Box 767 Goodland, KS 67735 Telephone: 785-890-6588 Attorneys for Petitioner

Solution to August 30, 2012 puzzle

HELP WANTED: PART TIME SCALE OPERATORS United Prairie Ag, LLC is seeking applications for Harvest Scale Operators in our Hugoton office. This is a part-time position working evenings and weekends a must.

Interested persons should apply in person at 509 NW Ave. in Hugoton. United Prairie Ag is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug free workplace (2c36)

Position available for ELECTRICIAN’S APPRENTICE Must have good work ethic, positive attitude and willing to be part of an energetic team. Current driver’s license required (CDL a plus). Must undergo drug & alcohol screening. Hourly position with overtime (8-12 hr workday) Position offers room for advancement. Pay and benefits based upon experience. Pick up application at Hancock Electric, 513 W. First St. or send resume to PO Box 429, Hugoton, Ks. 67951. (1c36) Email:


Stevens County Healthcare is searching for Full-time and PRN CNAs to work the night shift at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home from 6 pm - 6 am. All interested candidates must have a Kansas CNA license to be eligible. We offer excellent benefits and competitive wages. Applications may be picked up at the Information Desk by the Medical Clinic. Stevens County Healthcare is searching for Full-time, Part-time and PRN RNs or LPNs to work the Med/Surg floor. These positions are for both day and night shifts (7 am-7 pm and 7 pm-7am). All candidates must have a Kansas RN/LPN license to be eligible. We offer outstanding benefits, competitive wages, sign-on bonus (FT and PT only) and mileage reimbursement if individual lives 15 miles or more outside (tfc15) of Stevens County. Stevens County Healthcare is searching for Full-time RNs, LPNs and CMAs to work at Pioneer Manor Nursing Home. These positions are for the night shift (6 pm - 6 am). Interested candidates must be certified with a Kansas license to be eligible for these positions. We offer excellent benefits and competitive wages. (3c30) Stevens County Healthcare is searching for a Full-time Medical Assistant to work in our Rural Health Medical Clinic. This position is Monday through Friday and one Saturday morning every five to six weeks. Interested candidates must have completed the Medical Assistant program and be licensed to be considered for this position. We (4c29) offer an excellent benefits package and competitive wages.

Please contact Robyn Medina in Human Resources for an application 620-544-8511

Help Wanted: Part Time Elevator Personnel United Prairie Ag, LLC is seeking part-time elevator personnel at our Hugoton and Moscow locations. Candidates must be able to work flexible hours, weekends and evenings. Employment is subject to successful completion of drug screening.

Interested persons should apply in person at 509 NW Ave. in Hugoton or 300 N. Road 20 in Moscow United Prairie Ag is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug free workplace


(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, September 6, 2012) 1t ORDINANCE NO. 792

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE “OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP” OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS BY REZONING THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE, TO WIT: LOT ONE (1), LOT TWO (2), LOT THREE (3), LOT FOUR (4), LOT FIVE (5), LOT SIX (6) AND LOT SEVEN (7), BLOCK ONE (1), OF THE STEVENS COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK PLAT NO. 1, ACCORDING TO THE DULY FILED AND RECORDED PLAT THEREOF; AND LOT ONE (1), LOT TWO (2), LOT THREE (3), LOT FOUR (4), LOT FIVE (5) AND LOT SIX (6) AND THE EAST HALF OF (E/2) LOT SEVEN (7), BLOCK TWO (2), OF THE STEVENS COUNTY INDUSTRIAL PARK PLAT NO. 1, ACCORDING TO THE DULY FILED AND RECORDED PLAT THEREOF STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS: Section 1. That pursuant to the recommendation of the Hugoton City Planning Commission, the “Zoning District Map” referred to in Ordinance No. 692, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Hugoton, Kansas, is hereby amended by rezoning the following described properties from “A-L”, Agricultural District, to “B-1” Commercial Business District: Lot One (1), Lot Two (2), Lot Three (3), Lot Four (4), Lot Five (5), Lot Six (6) and Lot Seven (7), Block One (1), of the Stevens County Industrial Park Plat No. 1, according to the duly filed and recorded plat thereof; and

Lot One (1), Lot Two (2), Lot Three (3), Lot Four (4), Lot Five (5), Lot Six (6) and the East Half (E/2) Lot Seven (7), Block Two (2), of the Stevens County Industrial Park Plat No. 1, according to the duly filed and recorded plat thereof;

All of the above described real estate is outside the corporate limits of the City of Hugoton but within three (3) miles of the city limits and under the jurisdiction of the city through Ordinance No. 700 and through the Zoning Ordinance and zoning district maps adopted by Ordinance No. 692. Section 2. Upon the change in zoning becoming effective as set forth in Section 3 below, the City Clerk of the City of Hugoton, Kansas, is hereby directed to change the designation of the “Official Zoning Map” for the City of Hugoton, Kansas to show that the property described herein is in zoning district “B-1”, Commercial Business District and said official zoning map as changed is hereby reincorporated by reference as part of said Zoning Ordinance. Section 3. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its adoption and publication in the Hugoton Hermes, the official city newspaper; and the requested change in zoning is approved at this time Passed and approved by the Governing Body of the City of Hugoton, Kansas, this 30th day of August, 2012. /s/ Jack E. Rowden Jack E. Rowden, Mayor (S E A L) /s/ Thomas G. Hicks Thomas G. Hicks, City Clerk

NEEDED NEEDED: If you have furniture, tools or coins you would like to sell or put in an auction, call Jim Cunningham 620360-0249. I have an auction in early October here in Hugoton and I need more items. Thanks. (3c36) ---------------


(First published in the Hugoton Hermes, Thursday, September 6, 2012) 1t ORDINANCE NO. 793

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE “OFFICIAL ZONING DISTRICT MAP” OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS BY REZONING THE FOLLOWING REAL ESTATE, TO WIT: A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN THE NORTHEAST QUARTER (NE/4) OF SECTION TWENTY-ONE (21), TOWNSHIP THIRTY-THREE SOUTH (T33S), RANGE THIRTY-SEVEN WEST (R37W) OF THE SIXTH PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, STEVENS COUNTY, KANSAS, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IMMEDIATELY BELOW. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CITY OF HUGOTON, KANSAS: Section 1. That pursuant to the recommendation of the Hugoton City Planning Commission, the “Zoning District Map” referred to in Ordinance No. 692, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Hugoton, Kansas, is hereby amended by rezoning the following described property from “B-1” Commercial Business District to “R-1” Residential District,: Surface and surface rights only in and to the North One Hundred Fifty feet (N 150’) of a tract of land located in the Northeast Quarter (NE/4) of Section Twenty-one (21), Township Thirty-three (33) South, Range Thirty-seven (37) West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a point Fifty feet (50’) South of the center line of U.S. Highway 270 on the right-of-way line of said highway, this point being Four Hundred Eighty-four Feet (484’) West of the East line of said Northeast Quarter (NE/4) of

Section 21-33-37, thence South Two Hundred Twenty-five feet (225’) on a parallel with the East line of said quarter section to the point of beginning, thence South One Hundred Seventy-five Feet (175’) on a line parallel with the Easter boundary line of said quarter section, thence West Two Hundred Feet (200) on a line parallel to the Northern boundary line, thence North One Hundred Seventy-five feet (175’) on a line parallel with the Eastern boundary line of said quarter section, thence East Two Hundred Feet (200) on a line parallel to the Northern boundary line to the point of beginning;

Section 2. Upon the change in zoning becoming effective as set forth in Section 3 below, the City Clerk of the City of Hugoton, Kansas, is hereby directed to change the designation described herein is in zoning district “R-1” Residential District and said official zoning map as changed is hereby reincorporated by reference as part of said Zoning Ordinance. Section 3. EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its adoption and publication in the Hugoton Hermes, the official city newspaper; and the requested change in zoning is approved at this time Passed and approved by the Governing Body of the City of Hugoton, Kansas, this 30th day of August, 2012. /s/ Jack E. Rowden Jack E. Rowden, Mayor (S E A L) /s/ Thomas G. Hicks Thomas G. Hicks, City Clerk

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is currently looking to fill an open seat on the Recreation Board. If you are interested in this position, please send a letter of interest to: PO Box 68, Moscow, Ks. 67952


112 S. Main • 620-356-5808 • Ulysses Se Habla Espanol-356-5808

Gas company pays up to 20,000 KW of electric usage per year. 848 Road G. - This all electric 2 story home with 5 bedrooms comes with 6 acres of land and 2 new heating and air conditioning systems. $145,000.00 Additional acreage available. Call today!


Seasonal Harvest Operators

1105 S. Madison- 4 bed/2 b, cen H/A, fpl, fence, att garage, basement. Call for details.

Experience preferred but not required. Pay DOE Call 620-544-8522

20579 Road D, Moscow, KS - Reduced Price! Completely remodeled and renovated 2bd/1b home with 5 acres! $40,000!!

101 S. Madison- $2,500 BUYER INCENTIVE!!! 3 bed/2 bath, central H/A, fence, attached garage. storage shed. Call for details!!!

Apply at 510 W. Fifth or call Jonathan at 620-541-1049. Owner Operators

TANKER DROP & HOOK Hauling Milk for Dairy Farmers of America Home Time Every Other Day. Minimum $3,700/week! 100% Fuel Surcharge! Dedicated to one customer and dedicated routes Ask about our Greatcare & Greatprice plan options to save on fuel, major medical, retirement, wellness & business services. Lease purchase program with down payment assistance. Class A CDL & 1 year experience, with at least 6 months tanker experience. Call 888-221-6002 Text GREATWIDE to 30364

928 S. Jackson - Frame, 2 bed/2 b., lg family rm, basement, cen H/A. Call for details!

623 East 4th - Custom built, 5 bed/3.5 b, fin bsmt, appl, fence, att grge, 2 yrs old. Muchmore... Call for your personal showing! 600 S. Jefferson - Price Reduced!! 3 bed/2 bath, cen H/A, fence, 30 x 40 building. Call for details!!


SOLD 522 West 7th - 4 bed/2 b, full basement, cen heat, open parking, corner lot. Call for details!!

FOR SALE FOR SALE: Black Velvet Ranch, Registered Black Angus Bulls, Aaron Plunkett, Syracuse, Ks. 620-384-1101. (9c31) --------------FOR SALE: Kenmore Refrigerator with icemaker and water dispenser inside. Very nice, $300. Electric Wheelchair, needs batteries, $1200 negotiable. Call (3c34) Phil @ 544-1511. --------------MAKE AN OFFER: 2700 gallon (2 compartment) fiberglass tank. Comes with frame for truck. Never used. Call 598-2466 for more info. (3c36) ---------------

208 West 1st Street - Nice split level home, 3 bed/2bath, bonus room, 2 living areas, fpl, oversized single garage, fence, appliances, and much more!! Call today for your special showing!!

515-517 West 6th - Commercial Building and Lot - 40x140 Metal building with land. Call for details!!

Mark Faulkner-Broker Karen Yoder - Associate/Broker Residential & Commercial Specialist Chance Yoder - Salesperson Agricultural Land Residential & Commercial Specialist

Karen Yoder

Delivery & stacking available

CAMPER FOR SALE 2003 Coleman Caravan 25 ft. pull camper

$12, 50 $11, 0 995

2 slideouts, electric jack, queen size bed, good condition, lg bathroom w/ tub & shower, microwave, refrigerator, stove, air conditioner, 2 new spare tires

CALL 620-544-6818

“Call Us For All Your Real Estate Needs”


603 Madison in Rolla


Very well-built, beautiful brick home. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, office, bonus room, full finished basement with huge storeroom, fenced patio, oversized 2car garage, underground sprinkler.

620-544-5499 or 620-428-2929

FOR RENT FOR RENT: 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments. Furnished or unfurnished. Bills included, washer and dryer, and cable. Call 5442232.

FOR RENT: 2 bedroom apartment in Moscow. Call 598-2104. (2c35)



--------------FOR RENT: Space for small trailer or RV. Call James 5442129. (3c34) --------------APARTMENT FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, 1 car garage, Central Heating/Air, all appliances, 620544-1714. (tfc33) --------------FOR RENT: 4 bedroom, 2 bath house south of Ulysses. Prefer work crew, $750/mo. No pets. 620-356-4203. (4p36) ---------------

ROLLA PLAZA APARTMENTS 1 & 2 Bedroom.Rental Assistance Available. For more information call Dayna Folger at 620-492-3698 (tfc40)

CARD OF THANKS The family of Willard Link sends heartfelt thanks to those who sent cards, prepared foods, gave memorials, sent flowers or plants, and offered prayers upon the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We are humbled by the outpouring of support we have received during this difficult time. Genevieve Link, Larry & Wilene Burrows and family, Gene & Nancy Link and family, Bill & Cynthia Mangels and family and Keith & Diana Garland and family.


AL-Anon Family Group

Pioneer Manor Family Support Group

Men & Women of alcoholic family & friends meet at 1405 Cemetery Rd. Mon. & Thurs. 8 pm 544-2610 or 544-2854 (tfc)

Project Hope Open Tues & Thurs 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

1030 S. Main


3rd Tuesdays - 1:00 p.m. 3rd Thursdays - 5:15 p.m. Chapel at Pioneer Manor

WANT TO PURCHASE: Minerals and other oil/gas interests. Send details to P.O. Box 13557, Denver, Co. 80201. (104p5) --------------NEEDED: Gas stove, refrigerator, full size or queen size box springs and mattress and love seat. Call 544-5616. (tfc31) --------------



(620)544-7777 UPERIOR 510 E. 3rd OLUTIONS Hugoton


Licensed & Insured Over 30 years experience in Residential & Commercial Wiring

Love the rush of finding a great deal? Find some real STEALS at classifieds!



Frankie Thomas, owner

if no answer, leave message (tfc48)


CELEBRATE RECOVERY every Monday night 6:308:00 p.m. at Assembly of God Fellowship Hall, 138 S. Main. (tfc25)


1 bedroom newly decorated apartment for Senior Citizens For Information Call Plaza Office - 544-4011 or Selia Crawford - 544-2182

THREE FAMILY GARAGE SALE: Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m., 105 1/2 Lincoln Street, Furniture, Tools, Etc. ---------------

PREGNANT? NEED HELP? Call Birthright of Garden City, 316-276-3605 or Birthline in Liberal, 1404 N. Western, 620-626-6763. (tfc3) --------------ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS will help you if you sincerely want to stop drinking. Call 544-8633. (tfc1) ---------------

Great Deals ~ Easy Financing ~ Quality Service

Office: (620)544-7800 531 S. Jackson Hugoton, Ks. 67951

Alan D. Higgins, Owner



LIVING ESTATE AUCTION: The Canny Team Associates of Swenson Real Estate & Auction Service Inc. 620-492-4244. Visit to view pictures and flyer. Living Estate Auction Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10:00 a.m. CT. Antiques, Primitives, Tools & More of Leonard & Nita Baker, 915 S. Jackson, Hugoton, Ks. (2c35) ---------------

Chance Yoder



Chance Yoder- Cellphone 544-1907


1986 Harley Davidson FLH Electraglide

1990 32 ft. Carriage 5th Wheel Camper Good Condition - 1 slide 401 S. Harrison - (620) 428-5648

307 N. Kansas, Suite 101 Liberal, KS 67901


600 S. Harrison Street - CUTE!! Brick, 2 bed/1.5 b, att garage, cen H/A, and more!! Call for details!!

Call DJ @ 620-430-1273 Days 620-428-6127 Evenings (tfc)


PRICE REDUCED: 1109 S. Madison St. - All you could ever want in a home. Home has 8 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, 2 Living areas. Basement family room is equipped with cabinets, sink, and cook top. Bathroom downstairs has a large whirlpool tub. Kitchen and upstairs bath recently remodeled. New appliances in kitchen. Back porch remodeled and enclosed and nice sitting patio next to porch.




712 E. 5th St.

(620) 624-1212 BUSINESS

Karen Yoder- 544-4161 or Cellphone 544-3730

Sale includes new tourpack & solo seat, $5500 Text or call

Lots in Spikes Addition 504 S. Wildcat Ct. 617 E. 4th

Now see these and other SW. Kansas properties at


Oak, Piñon, Mesquite, Pecan & More

330 Kansas – Elkhart - This is a 3 BR, 1 BA Fannie Mae HomePath property. Purchase this property for as little as 3% down! This property is approved for HomePath Renovation Mortgage Financing. Selling as is no warranty expressed or implied.

REALTOR® Associate

Feature Of The Week

FOR SALE: Pinto Beans. $37 for 50 pounds. 709 S. Main. Call 620544-2376 or cell 620-428-1022. --------------FOR SALE: Window water cooler, Jayco popup camper, cable cherry picker, 2 new 6-ply 13x24 tractor tires. 620-335-5344 (2p35) or 620-640-2036. ---------------





1277 Rd W - Country Home with acreage! Brick 5 bed/3 b, fpl, basement, deck, all electric, 69x48 ship. A Must See!!

1501 Road 9 - Very well maintained brick home on 3.7 acres only 3 miles from town. 5 bed/4 bath. New roof 2010. Hardwood floors & new carpet on main level in 2009. A/C unit and Furnace replaced in 2011. Double oven & microwave new in 2011, refrigerator & dishwasher 2.5 years old.

(620) 428-1042 CELLULAR

615 - 623 S. Monroe- Commercial propertyformerly Ann's Port and Motel. Great Business opportunity with ample parking. Call to see this property today!!!

SOLD (4c36)


801 S. Main Street - Price Reduced!! 3 bed/2 bath, cen H/A, fence, oversized garage, fpl, lots of storage. Call for details!!

SOLD (4c35)

1505 S. Madison St. - Nice 4 bedroom/2 bath home on large corner lot. Very nice layout, 3 car garage with work shop attached to end garage. Bedroom 4 has access to garage. This is a must see.

708 E. Fourth St. NEW CONSTRUCTION!! 3 BR, 2 BA, 2 Car Garage, Full Basement!! Buyer has opportunity to pick colors & other amenities of home. Allowances will be given for paint, flooring, and appliances.


Pearcy Irrigation is needing a center pivot service man. Some experience desired. We offer competitive wages and benefits.

612 E. 4th St. - Nice 2001 Manufactured home on full basement. Each bedroom on main level has its own private bathroom. 2 bedrooms in basement with possibility of more. Basement also has hookup for second utility room. Can access basement from inside house or from garage.

1029 S. Van Buren- Ranch, 2 bed/1 b, fpl, att garage, storage shed. Call to set up a showing!!


New Listing 139 Oklahoma Ave. – Elkhart -Fix me up, I sit on a large lot and have a 30 x 24 detached garage. Selling where is as is.

544-5915 or 544-7776



LAWN PRO Will Schnittker



PO Box 473 - Hugoton, Ks. 67951

(620) 428-6518 1182 Road Q • Hugoton (tfc12)

O.D.’s SHOP Small Engine Repair Your Snapper Dealer 620-428-6063 113 S. Main Hugoton


Only $17.50/month!!! Call 544-4321 TODAY to find out more!!!

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MJH Wildcats begin fall sports season at Rolla

MOSCOW NEWS by Melissa Moore

Brice Valdez competes in the varsity boys race at Meade. Alex Pierson and Zachary Pierson both compete in the junior varsity cross country. There were close to 100 runners on the course. Photo courtesy of Marci Knoll.

Cross country competes at Meade Opening night of the 2012 football season finds the Wildcat varsity football team competing against the Balko/Hardesty Bison.

Wildcats travel to Balko/Hardesty Opening night of the 2012 season found the Wildcat varsity football team in the panhandle of Oklahoma to take on the Balko/Hardesty Bison August 31. The beautiful, but warm, evening did not go as planned with the Bison cruising to a 1446 victory.

Scoring touchdowns for Moscow were Brock Brazeal and Rigo Bustillos, both recipients of passes from Lane Miller. This week the Wildcats host Satanta at 7:00 p.m. It is homecoming in Moscow and the coronation ceremony will take place prior to the game.


MOSCOW, KS. 598-2356

**Free Daily Hugoton Delivery** Same Day Delivery Even on Saturdays ***Independently owned and operated by Brett and Holli Horyna***

Phone 620-624-4065

Hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1033 N. Kansas Avenue in Liberal

Stevens County Hospital

Specialty Clinics Scheduled for September 2012 CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY Dr. Farhoud Cardiology Michelle Gooch Dietician Dr. Frankum General Surgeon Dr. Ansari Orthopedics Dr. Brown Podiatry Dr. Frankum General Surgeon Dr. Farhoud Cardiology Michelle Gooch Dietician Dr. Ansari Orthopedics Dr. DeCardenas Ear, Nose & Throat

Mon. Tue. Thu. Fri. Mon. Tue. Fri. Tue. Thu. Mon. Wed.

9/3 9/4 9/6 9/7 9/10 9/13 9/14 9/18 9/20 9/24 9/26

For appointments with: Dr. Ansari 624-6222; Dr. Brown 544-8339; Dr. Farhoud 1-877-449-1560; Michelle Lock-Gooch 544-8339; Dr.Frankum 544-8339 For all other appointments please call 544-8339 or 544-6160.

We are proud to announce that Dr. DeCardenas from Garden City will be starting an outreach clinic here for Ear, Nose & Throat. To make an appointment please call 275-3070.

The Moscow High School cross country teams saw their first action of the year at Meade August 30. The lone girl competitor was senior Brianna Bucher. She placed twenty-sixth in the 54 girl varsity race. Sophomore Brice Valdez ran in the varsity boys race and finished a respectable

thirtieth. In their first meet ever, freshman Alex Pierson and sophomore Zachary Pierson placed thirty-seventh and thirty-ninth respectively in the junior varsity event. In the combined boys’ races there were close to 100 runners on the course. The harriers next race will be at South Gray Saturday.

Brianna Bucher competes at Meade for the first action of the year. She placed twentysixth in the girls varsity race. Photo courtesy of Marci Knoll.

Moscow’s Junior High Wildcats opened their fall sports seasons at Rolla August 30. The A team volleyball team played a tight match with the Pirates, but came up short in the three set match. The B team volleyball team met with a similar fate losing in two sets. The gridiron Cats fared better, bringing home a 22-6 victory. The junior high teams will be in action Thursday as they host the Eagles from Walsh.

Lady Cats lose some, win some The high school volleyball team played at Rolla August 28. They lost a tough tussle to Elkhart, 14-25, 25-21, 1925. In their second match they defeated the host school by the narrowest of margins

25-23, 26-24. In the nightcap, the Lady Cats dropped a match to Guymon in straight sets 18-25, 14-25. Next action for Moscow is at South Gray Tuesday and at Jetmore Saturday.

Thursday, September 6 Junior High Pep Rally; 3:15 Junor High Volleyball; 4:00 Junior High Football at home; 5:30 Friday, September 7 Homecoming Coronation at 6:30 First National Bank Tailgate Game starts at 7:00 Saturday, September 8 Junior High Volleyball Tournament at Ulysses; 8:30 p.m. High School Volleyball at Jet-

more; 9:00 High School Cross Country at South Gray; 10:00 Alicia (Dale) Burns Baby Shower at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 10 Lifetouch Pictures, Individual and Sports School Board Meeting; 7:00 Tuesday, September 11 High School Volleyball at home (Senior Recognition Game); 4:30

Moscow Schools host Open House Monday, August 27, Moscow Schools had an Open House. Over 50 parents and grandparents attended the event. Each teacher explained expectations of their classroom. Everyone then convened in the old Art Room where Mr. Roop explained a new program where parents and grandparents were invited to volunteer at Moscow Schools. Mrs. Moore gave a brief overview of the new after school program beginning

September 17. The Open House was sponsored by the REAL (Recreation, Education, Academics and Learning) after school program in conjunction with Title 1 and the Migrant Program. Mr. Roop served cookies and had a drawing for three $10.00 gas cards from The Store. Winners of the gas cards were: Rupa Johnson, Veronica Chaffin, and Truman Cross.

Kansas Historical Society nominates sites for evaluation At its regular quarterly meeting at the Kansas Historical Society in Topeka Saturday, August 11, the Historic Sites Board of Review voted to list two properties in the Register of Historic Kansas Places and to forward 17 nominations to the office of the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C., to be evaluated by their professional staff. If they concur with the board’s findings, the properties will be included in the National Register. Twelve of the National Register nominations are the result of a partnership between the Kansas Historical Society and the National Trails System of the National Park Service to document historic resources along the Santa Fe Trail. In conjunction with these nominations, the board approved a revision of the “Historic Resources of the Santa Fe Trail” National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form, which originally was approved in 1994. This document serves as a cover document rather than a nomination to the National Register, with the purpose of establishing a basis of eligibility for related properties. In other action, the board voted against retaining the National Register status of a schoolhouse that is to be relocated, but the board voted in favor of the school remaining in the Register of Historic Kansas Places after it is moved. The National Register of Historic Places is the country’s official list of historically significant properties. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. Eligible properties must be significant for one or more of the four criteria for evaluation. Properties can be eligible if they are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history. They can be eligible if they are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past. Distinctive construction can qualify

properties for the National Register if they embody the characteristic of a type, period, or method of construction, or represent the work of a master, or possess high artistic values, or represent a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction. Lastly, properties may be eligible for the National Register if they have yielded or may be likely to yield information important in prehistory or history. The National Register recognizes properties of local, statewide, and national significance. The Register of Historic Kansas Places is our state’s official list of historically significant properties. Properties included in the National Register are automatically listed in the State Register. However, not all properties listed in the State Register are included in the National Register. The same general criteria are used to assess the eligibility of a property for inclusion in the state register, but more flexibility is allowed in the interpretation of the criteria for eligibility. One site in Grant County and two in Morton County are included on the list of nominations to the National Registry: Santa Fe Trail – Grant County Segment 1 (Klein’s Ruts): The Santa Fe Trail – Grant County Segment 1, also known as Klein’s Ruts, is located in Grant County, in southwest Kansas. This segment is part of an approximately 40-mile branch of the Cimarron Route that was located entirely within the waterless area known as La Jornada and connected the Mountain Route at the Upper Crossing of the Arkansas River near Lakin, Kansas, with the Cimarron Route. Relatively little is known about this branch between the two rivers, but the first known use of the Upper Crossing in relation to the trail was during a survey expedition led by George Sibley in 1825 (though he did not survey this site). The nominated property includes several visible trail swales where at least 20 shallow ruts converge to form four main arterial ruts. It is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in the areas of

transportation and commerce, and it has the potential to yield additional important information about this 40-mile branch road between the Arkansas and Cimarron Rivers in Kansas. Point of Rocks – Middle Spring Santa Fe Trail Historic District – Morton County: The Point of Rocks – Middle Spring Historic District in Morton County includes multiple remnants of the Cimarron Route. Travel over this segment of the trail began in 1822 and ended with the arrival of the railroad at the Kansas-Colorado state line in 1872. Middle Spring was the next reliable water source west of the Lower Cimarron (or Wagon Bed) Spring. Almost all travelers looking for the water promised at Middle Spring would have used neighboring Point of Rocks as a navigational aid. This large light-colored rock formation with a high flat surface, referred to as Mesa Blanco (white table) by Mexican freighters, could be seen for several miles. In evidence of the role this natural landmark played, visible trail segments curve around Middle Spring and directly to the south of Point of Rocks. The nominated property includes four trail segments, a spring, a natural navigational aid, and a later commemorative marker erected in 1914 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. It is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for its significance in the areas of transportation, commerce, and social history, and it has the potential to yield additional important information about the trail. Santa Fe Trail – Cimarron

National Grassland Segments 1-5 – Morton County: In addition to the Point of Rocks – Middle Springs Santa Fe Trail Historic District, there are five segments of the Santa Fe Trail in the Cimarron National Grassland that are nominated to the National Register. Travel over these segments of the trail began in 1822 and ended with the arrival of the railroad at the Kansas-Colorado state line in 1872. This trail segment is closely related to nearby Point of Rocks and Middle Spring, which was the next reliable water source west of the Lower Cimarron (or Wagon Bed) Spring at the western end of La Jornada. Documented trail segments in western Kansas and in the Cimarron National Grassland have confirmed the pattern of traffic in this region historically tended to follow the four-parallel-column formation. The nominated segments include trail swales and two commemorative markers erected in 1907 and 1914 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. They are nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for their significance in the areas of transportation, commerce, and social history, and they have the potential to yield additional information on the use of the trail during its initial period of significance. For more information on the Kansas Historical Society go to: For more information on the National Register of Historic Places go to



September 6, 2012  

Official newspaper of Stevens Co. Kansas

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